Cris Cyborg's Next Fight Vs. UFC Champion, Dana White On Conor McGregor, UFC 223 Preview

- Over the weekend, the UFC began promotional work towards UFC 223, which takes place next month. The card features lightweights Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event, with the UFC 155-pound title likely to be on the line.

Ferguson is the current interim champion, but UFC officials are expected to strip Conor McGregor of his title and put the undisputed belt on the line between Ferguson and Nurmagomedov on April 7 from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

An official trailer entitled "Nowhere to Hide" has been released for Ferguson and Nurmagomedov's match.

- Fresh off her dominating performance at UFC 222 vs. Yana Kunitskaya, reigning featherweight champion Cris Cyborg declared her intentions to face UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes next. The two have mentioned the possibility of fighting since last year, and now it appears we are closer than ever to the contest taking place.

UFC president Dana White stated his plans to try and put the two champions together for UFC 224 on May 12 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, but Cyborg said that would be a tough date to make. She is adopting her niece at the end of March and would be making a quick turnaround.

"The fight to make is (Cyborg) and Nunes," White said. "That's the fight that needs to happen."

Instead, the Brazilian wants to fight in July, possibly during International Fight Week in Las Vegas. Cyborg also defended her title this past December vs. Holly Holm, while Nunes hasn't fought since early in 2017.

- Much of the headlines generated before UFC 222 revolved around Conor McGregor and his comments about offering to step in and replace Max Holloway to face Frankie Edgar. While many took the words without much truth, UFC president Dana White said during his post-fight press conference that McGregor was indeed speaking the truth.

"Conor did say I'll take that fight with Frankie, but he's not in that weight division and the fight was already made between (Brian) Ortega and Frankie," White said. "When he said he would take it, it was something like 24 days to the fight. Nothing about it made sense."

Ortega went on to claim a first round finish of Edgar during the co-main event.


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