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After a win over Felicia Spencer on Saturday, former Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg is officially a free agent. With what could be a big payday, here are three opponents to suit Cyborg:
3: Germaine De Randamie
With an impressive win five-fight win streak and brief reign as the Women’s Featherweight Champion, Germaine De Randamie should look for a potential title fight against Amanda Nunes. However, another outcome could be a bout against Cyborg, which was initially scheduled before the UFC stripped De Randamie.
Assuming Cyborg signs with the UFC on a multi-fight contract, it’s reasonable to place De Randaime in the conversation as a future opponent.
2: Julia Budd
As the reigning Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion, Julia Budd has been dominant in her career to date. Her last loss came against Ronda Rousey, which was followed by a series of victories.
After Budd successfully defended her title against Olga Rubin, she challenged Cyborg to a future title fight. Signing Cyborg would be a huge milestone for Bellator, as Cyborg is a unique talent.
1: Amanda Nunes
Amanda Nunes is the UFC’s first and only woman to hold two consecutive titles, and is also the first to defeat Cyborg in over a decade. With her latest accomplishments, it’s difficult to dispute Nunes as the greatest woman, and one of the greatest overall fighters, to enter the octagon.
Nunes has verbally agreed to a rematch against Cyborg, so anyone else becoming the betting favorite is unlikely. She could face her rematch before the end of the year. It also helps when Dana White stated he was willing to offer Cyborg a one-fight contract to rematch Nunes.
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