Strikeforce is in a bit of a pickle with it’s 145 pound division. Finding challengers for Cris Cyborg is turning out to be pretty hard, and it didn’t get any easier after Amanda Nunes buzzsawed her way through Julia Budd’s face last weekend. Nunes knows she can slow play the situation and gain more experience, muscle and benjamins. Or she can accept a fight with Cyborg and be the latest undersized challenger to be beaten back to 135. Guess which one she’s choosing:
Garv: Do you think you will fight Cyborg this year?
Nunes: Probably not. I still have a lot of work to do. I’m only 22 years old and have only been training MMA for only 3 years. I know my time will come to fight her. She is my ultimate goal but it has to be done in steps. Julia Budd was step number one.
Garv: When do you think you might be ready for Cyborg?
Nunes: I feel like I’m about a year away. I need to tighten some things up and then I will be ready. I don’t think Cyborg has had ever had to deal with the aggressiveness and power that I will bring to her. It will be a very exciting fight for the fans. I look forward to it.
Garv: How will you prepare for her?
Nunes: I came into this fight with Julia at 143 lbs and I didn’t have to cut any weight. When I fight Cyborg I need to bulk up. I need to put some more muscle of my body so Cyborg won’t have an advantage like she has had with all these other girls that she has fought.
The sad thing about all this was that Julia Budd was a REAL 145er. A real one! Pretty much the only one Strikeforce has been developing over the past six months, too. So who the hell do they get to fight Cyborg? Erin Toughill isn’t interested in being brought in as a convenient challenger, she wants at least one fight before stepping up and facing Cris. And considering how difficult it’s been to set anything up, does Strikeforce really want to deal with her any more?
Strikeforce better start talking to M-1 to see if there’s some butch chick out in the Russian boonies with a passable resume and a desperate need for rubles. Or I guess they could always find another 135 pound sacrificial lamb. Whatever they decide, they should probably decide it sooner rather than later. It’s been almost 7 months since Cris Cyborg last fought, and that’s lame.