For the past week, the feud between Cris Cyborg and Dana White has been escalating publicly. Now though, with Cyborg’s final fight on her UFC contract completed, and the prospect of a lucrative rematch with Amanda Nunes awaiting them, both the UFC and Cyborg are put in a position where they’ll need to come to terms with one another, or part ways for good. But for Cris Cyborg, the damage may already be done.
Speaking with Ariel Helwani on Monday, Cyborg addressed her current situation with the UFC and noted that while she does want to rematch Nunes, there are a lot of obstacles standing in the way of that. Primarily, her treatment at the hands of her promoter.
“I think a lot of things have to fix and change for [me] to have more fights in UFC,” Cyborg said. “Everybody who follows my career knows my struggle with UFC. They know I never start fighting with UFC because the promotion want me to be there. No, it was the fans pressure. I have opportunity to be in UFC because my fans put so much pressure [on them]. It’s not because they wanted me there.
“They don’t help me. They don’t help me grow my brand. All the time they try to damage my brand, especially Dana White and he’s the head of UFC. If you look at the face of UFC, who is the face of UFC? Dana White, and he continues to damage my brand. It started a long time ago. It started when I was in Strikeforce. I don’t know what his problem [is] but he continues doing this and I proved him wrong.”
White and Cyborg have a well-documented history of contentious behavior, starting with White calling Cyborg “Wanderlei Silva in a dress” and continuing through the UFC’s insistence on having her cut to 140 pounds instead of building a featherweight division for her. In recent years, things have toned down some, however prior to UFC 240, White spoke little about Cyborg’s fight with Felicia Spencer, instead focusing on how Cyborg was too afraid to rematch Nunes. Cyborg, of course, has steadfastly refuted those claims and says she never refused to fight Nunes, but she did refuse the UFC’s demand for a contract extension that she viewed as bad for herself.
“The minimum contract [offer] was six fights,” Cyborg said. “But the problem, the UFC puts me in fights one time a year. Who am I going to fight after Amanda? If you don’t want to make the deal – a one-fight deal, no extension, just the rematch and I’m free – I don’t have any problem to make the fight. Now they want to give me a contract with six fights, at one time per year, imagine how long I’m gonna be in the UFC. And then my brand is not growing because I’m gonna fight one time per year and they’re not helping my name growing, just damage. This is no help for me. . .
“We have to fix the money too. And I told that to Dana White’s face. Man, you’re not gonna get the rematch if you pay the money you guys are paying for six fights.”
Cyborg’s story makes some sense. Historically, White has been at loggerheads with fighters who have held out for more money or demands. Usually, things end up getting worked out in the end. But unlike those other times, White has engendered a lot of ill will with Cyborg and the former featherweight champion seems intent on at least testing free agency, if not leaving for greener pastures elsewhere. If White wants to re-sign her, Cyborg says he has to make a public apology for everything he’s said to hurt her and her image over the years.
“Of course he has to apologize,” Cyborg says. “He has family, he has kids and I think if he wants to be honest, he’s supposed to do this. I don’t know if he has a heart, but what he’s doing is not just [affecting] me. He’s [affecting] people around me, my family. It’s not right. When you’re doing these type fo things, there’s no avoiding my family. He’s [affected] them. . .
“[And it must be in ] public. It’s easy to talk [in private] like Joe Rogan. Joe Rogan said ‘I’m sorry’ when there were no cameras, just by myself. No, you want to talk about me, how I have a dick, you have to talk in public. You’re not a man, to me you’re not a man. If Joe Rogan a man, he will say I am sorry in public, like what he said. Not coming behind in the room and talk to me in my ear. ‘I’m sorry.’ This is not type of man that I know.”
Dana White has not been one for public apologies in the past and, speaking as recently as immediately after UFC 240, made it clear that he doesn’t feel he has anything to apologize for.
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Max sending the love.
Thank you Edmonton for making my team feel at home. Rush and I loved the water park and candy store at WEM, and my team got a lot of love from the mosquitos at Elk Island National Park . We’re recovering with this foot duster right now. Till next time Canadian fam pic.twitter.com/hGDfZJj6xT
— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) July 29, 2019
Let’s dance together, and have a little fun, LHW needs a new king . ✌
— Johnny Walker (@Johnnywalkermma) July 30, 2019
OAM on his losing streak.
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Won’t lie, im hearthbroken. 3 consecutive L is not great, when you try to be the best in the world. I was more than ready and was better than ever, @arm_011 was simply the better man. I dont know what’s going to happen next. The only thing I know is that i’m not done. I will be back. I still think i’m getting better everyday, I’m healthy and I still have the passion to fight. I love my life and I’m proud of what I accomplished so far, this is just a pretty big bump in my career. I would like to thank my coaches @firas_zahabi @h2omma @levis.dlabrie @ryanortizo_onelegwonder @myologik_performance @georgesstpierre And I would like to thank you guys for the support. I love you all. Ciao. / Je ne vais pas mentir, j’ai le coeur brisé. 3 défaites de suite lorsque tu veux devenir le meilleur au monde, c’est pas bon. J’étais plus que prêt et j’étais meilleur que jamais. @arm_011 a simplement été le meilleur athlète. Je ne sais pas ce qui va arriver par la suite. La seule chose que je sais, c’est que je ne suis pas fini. Je vais revenir. Je crois que je m’améliore à chaque jour, je suis en santé et j’ai encore la passion. J’aime ma vie et je suis fier de ce que j’ai accompli. Ceci est juste un gros “nid de poule” dans ma carrière. J’aimerais remercier mes coachs @firas_zahabi @h2omma @levis.dlabrie @ryanortizo_onelegwonder @myologik_performance @georgesstpierre Et j’aimerais vous remercier pour votre support. Je vous aime tous. Ciao. #
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Nicolas Dalby on getting re-signed to the UFC.
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This is how we looked just after I was told that not only did I get re-signed to @UFC @UFCEurope but that I would also be fighting at #UFCCopenhagen. Besides the obvious happiness from getting that message there’s more to this moment than you might think. As many of you know I’ve had struggles with depression and because of that a lot of drinking. This affected many people in my life but -especially- my fiancé. So 1,5y ago when I decided to not only ‘just’ deal with my depression, but also chose to take up fighting again we found out we were pregnant AND I got fired from my job and suddenly had to find a new one in the middle of fight camp, I knew it was a monumental hurdle WE had to overcome. Besides the double-whammy of getting ready for a fight while already fighting depression we also had to fix the major issues we had in our relationship because of my actions… While also dealing with the fact that we were about to become parents. (Talk about pressure!). To those who don’t know: fighting is not an individual sport even though it could seem like it. Besides training at the right gym and having the right trainers it’s especially important to have a safe haven at home where you can relax and gather energy/focus in between work and training. Somehow we managed to navigate through all above obstacles while my fiancé also found the energy to help me by cooking healthy meals when I was too tired, giving me a shoulder to cry on and picking me up when I had critical moments of self doubt and generally just provided me with all the love and comfort I needed to perform in the gym and the cage. So getting re-signed means that not was the economic gamble worth it(lost more money that I’ve earned the last year) it also meant that the insane effort WE put into this as a team paid off. To me/us it wasn’t just an acknowledgement of how I’ve performed in the cage but also a of how well we overcame adversity together and worked towards this monumental goal it was 1,5y ago. Being able to sign the fight agreement sent to me tonight is something I would not be doing if it wasn’t for my best friend, the woman of my life, my baby-mama, my queen, my everything. I love you always! ❤️
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Ray Borg is pumped up.
Okay, this is tremendous tweeting from Colby.
ATT just keeps getting more fighters.
Screw cutting the weight. Just do it at 145.
If Frankie decides to go down to 135 I think a fight with Cruz would be fitting and a great style matchup , Frankie coming off loss , Cruz coming off lay-off from injury , not a bad idea
— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) July 30, 2019
And here’s why.
2011: Dan Henderson knocked out Fedor Emelianenko at Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Henderson. In the co-main event, Miesha Tate claimed the bantamweight championship with a fourth-round arm-triangle choke of Marlos Coenen.
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