Cris Cyborg Says She Was Never Welcomed At UFC
MMA veteran Cris Cyborg said she did not feel like she was being given the respect she deserves as a fighter while working with the UFC for over four years.
“It was too uncomfortable, too disrespectful,” she told AG Fight. “I always respected where I was, but I wasn’t reciprocated in the same way.”
Cyborg said she left Dana White’s company for Bellator because the promotion treated her better.
“Bellator put more firewood, I’m happier, I fight more. I have no problem outside (the cage), working with Scott (Coker) is cool, respects the athletes. You have to give yourself the respect to be respected.”
Cyborg signed with the UFC after making a name for herself with Invicta Fighting Championships, hence, she doesn’t want anyone to think that it’s the UFC that made her who she is today.
“I don’t regret (going to the UFC). I learned a lot in the UFC, it was one more thing to conquer, and being there was something very important,” the 36-year-old added.
“But I already went to the UFC being ‘Cyborg,’ the UFC didn’t make me there. I arrived made. I was never welcomed from the start, but my fans campaigned and achieved this along with me. I had good moments.”