Sweet MBA: Thank you to Mitch for requiring me to answer this questions months ago when this was first booked: “Can Amanda Nunes beat Cyborg?” Can is the verb that denotes an ability. Nunes CAN beat Cyborg. There is a possibility. Cyborg’s dominance has come against freestyle fighters, wrestlers with some boxing and mma technicians. Her problems have been against elite boxers and elite muay thai:
So the opportunities for Amanda are based on accuracy, volume and range. Most importantly, Cyborg’s danger is created from her hooks, side knees and round houses. She swings in arc and circles. Might as well think of her as the female Wanderlei. Hell……she is his student! This also means she has exactly the same weakness: long range straight attacks coupled with speed. Wanderlei’s losses come from people with orthodox boxing ie the right cross. Amanda has every tool possible to fight Cyborg and win. One small problem, Amanda’s losses in Invicta came from Sarah and Alexis. Muay thai practioners who are the product of CSA in Pleasanton CA. Shout out to Kieran. In fact CSA has a trade association with Alpha Male; CSA gets sent fighters who really need to learn elite striking, Alpha gets sent the strikers who need wrestling. Shout out to Hector. Furthermore, Amanda’s KO loss was to Cat Zingano who was hardcore at Blackhouse under Anderson at the time.
Is Cyborg aware of this hole?
Amanda needs to radically change her training to win this fight. Din Thomas is only 1/3 of the equation. There is an exceptionally small possibility that Nunes has made this change.
Dr. Akins: We all know that Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino is BRUTAL. 9 of her last 10 fights she has finished, with the only Holly Holm taking her to the distance. With each fight that passes by, Justino looks more unstoppable. Her kickboxing and Mauy Thai abilities are unquestionable. The only thing I can question is her ability on the ground. Justino’s opponent Amanda Nunes may be the most skilled fighter she’ll have to face in her career. Nunes (a black belt in Jiu-Jitsu and brown belt in Judo), has outstanding footwork, combined with an uncanny ability to exploit the weaknesses of her opponents. Her ever-improving boxing skill and ability to find her range early will be the key to this fight. Prediction: Nunes by submission (reluctantly)
Fred Yu: Cris Cyborg by TKO. As much as a beast Amanda is, she has folded before. Cyborg will eventually break Amanda and win by TKO.
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