Cyborg vs Nunes Superfight Set for UFC 232, Michael Chandler Re-Signs With Bellator
Friday, August 24, 2018
The trend of UFC champions fighting one another looks to be continuing this year. After months of speculation, it’s been confirmed that UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Santos (20-1-1) will be defending her title against UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda “Lioness” Nunes (16-4) in the main-event of UFC 232, which is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on Saturday, December 29th.
For years, Cyborg has been the dominant force in women’s MMA, with 17 of her 20 MMA wins coming by way of knockout. Along the way, she’s captured the Strikeforce, Invicta FC, and the UFC featherweight championships.
Nunes on the other hand has had her fair share of accomplishments in MMA. She is currently on a 7-fight win streak, which includes victories over Shayna Baszler, Valentina Shevchenko (twice), and former champions Miesha Tate and Ronda Rousey.
To the surprise of many MMA fans, the opening betting odds for this fight are the closest for Cyborg since her bout with Gina Carano, which took place 9-years ago. This is interesting considering Cyborg has been dominant for so long and because Nunes, although being a current UFC champion, hasn’t fought at featherweight since 2010.
Michael Chandler Re-Signs with Bellator
Throughout Bellator’s history, no fighter has been synonymous with the promotion quite like Michael Chandler. The 32-year-old last fought at Bellator 197, where he submitted Brandon Girtz in the first round. Following the fight, it was revealed that Chandler’s contract with Bellator was set to expire and that he’d be listening to all offers. The news had fans speculating that his next fight would be in the octagon, where he’d be able to test his skills against the top lightweights in the UFC.
At the end of the day, Chandler decided to re-sign with Bellator, where he’ll look to extend his winning streak and further cement his legacy as the greatest Bellator fighter of all-time.
A fight Bellator can immediately set-up for Chandler would be the rematch with lightweight champion Brent Primus, who defeated him at Bellator 180 to become the new champion.
Another interesting and compelling fight Bellator could make would be the trilogy bout between Michael Chandler and former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. This fight would likely interest fans most because their previous fights are viewed as some of the greatest in the promotion’s history.
Alvarez became a free agent following his defeat to Dustin Poirier at the UFC’s event in Calgary and based on age and where he’s at in his career, a trilogy fight with Michael Chandler would be the best scenario for all involved.
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