A long-rumored superfight between featherweight queen Cristiane Justino and bantamweight titlist Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 is now official.
According to ESPN, both fighters have signed contracts to lock horns on Dec. 29 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “Cyborg’s” 145-pound title will be on the line in the bout. Justino initially wanted to face Nunes in September, but “Lioness” needed more time to recover from a foot injury.
Justino is unbeaten in five UFC appearances. The 33-year-old Chute Boxe representative claimed featherweight gold with a third-round stoppage of Tonya Evinger at UFC 214 before successfully defending the belt against Holly Holm and Yana Kunitskaya. “Cyborg” is 20-1 with one no contest as a pro, and has finished 17 of her wins by knockout or technical knockout.
Nunes, meanwhile, enters the matchup on a seven-bout winning streak in the Octagon. After capturing the 135-pound crown against Miesha Tate at UFC 200, the American Top Team representative has defended the title against Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko and Raquel Pennington. Nunes is 16-4 as a pro, with 14 triumphs coming inside the distance.