"I'm here, I'll be waiting", Jones said, goading Cormier, who was relieved of the title after turning his focus towards defending the UFC heavyweight crown. "When she connected with a couple of punches, I just said, 'I'm going to walk right through her.'" Nunes continued her post-fight interview with gratitude to her fans and the gilded MMA community that supports her year-round, including bride-to-be Nina Ansaroff who fights in the Strawweight division.
Yet the long road to finally getting what she deserved was consistent with Nunes' evolution as a fighter, rebounding from a 2014 TKO defeat against Cat Zingano, in which her lack of cardio was exposed, to become the well-rounded and risky fighter she is today.
The Brazilian has said she has one fight remaining on her UFC contract, and she has discussed the possibility of transitioning into boxing. "It's the moment I've waited for my whole life", said Nunes, who also asked UFC President Dana White to put her in the promotion's Hall of Fame. In the process, by handing the legendary pioneer her first defeat since her pro debut in 2005, Nunes may have provided UFC with its next big star worth investing in.
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The news was announced on SportsCenter by UFC president Dana White, according to ESPN . That second post on his page was enough for Jones to finally pay attention and reply.
Nunes improves to a 17-4-0 record, going 5-0 in the UFC. I need to know that there's guys like him out there.
Lifting the belt that perennial nemesis Daniel Cormier vacated 24 hours earlier, Jones invited "DC" to close out the fiercest rivalry in mixed martial arts history with the realisation of a trilogy in 2019. "I get hit in the head and I know she wouldn't knock me out".
"When we do figure out what's next, I don't know how many times he's going to fight this year, who he is going to fight, if he's going to win, how he's going to win - any of those things", White said. Come get a taste.
The victory makes Nunes, 30, the first female fighter to win UFC titles in multiple weight classes. Nunes landed and Cyborg went down but got back up.