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Two UFC champions to clash on December card in Las Vegas

The women’s featherweight title will be on the line when ‘Cyborg’ takes on compatriot Amanda Nunes.

Imago 20180513 Amanda Nunes could become a two-weight champion before the end of the year. Source: Imago/PA Images

THE TWO BEST female MMA fighters on the planet will lock horns when the UFC holds its traditional end-of-year event in Las Vegas.

UFC president Dana White has revealed to ESPN that Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino will take on fellow Brazilian fighter Amanda Nunes at UFC 232 at the T-Mobile Arena on 29 December.

Cyborg, the leading woman in the pound-for-pound rankings in 11th place, will put her featherweight title on the line against 14th-ranked Nunes, whose bantamweight belt won’t be at stake in the 145-pound clash.

Nunes (16-4) will be bidding to become the third fighter in UFC history — after Conor McGregor and Daniel Cormier — to hold two titles simultaneously.

Media Day Cris Cyborg Cris 'Cyborg' Justino's featherweight belt will be up for grabs. Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

The 30-year-old won the 135-pound strap from Miesha Tate in July 2016, before making successful defences against Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko and Raquel Pennington.

Cyborg (20-1), who hasn’t lost a fight since her professional debut in 2005, clinched the vacant featherweight title at the expense of Tonya Evinger in July 2017.

The 33-year-old reaffirmed her status as the standard-setter for women in mixed martial arts by overcoming Holly Holm and Yana Kunitskaya in her two defences to date.

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