Cyborg Demands Public Apology
After UFC 240, Cris Cyborg and UFC President Dana White have been at a crossroads publicly over the former champion’s future.
The main issue has been a rematch between Cyborg and the only person in over a decade to beat her, Amanda Nunes. While Cyborg has publicly declared she wants the fight, White has promoted the idea that the former featherweight champion is ducking Nunes..
“I think a lot of things have to fix and change for [me] to have more fights in UFC,” Cyborg said to Ariel Helwani on Monday. “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.”
Cyborg has refuted White’s self-started rumor that she was ducking Nunes, but she did admit she rejected the UFC’s offer/demands for a contract extension, as it was bad for her brand and career.
“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.”
“Of course he has to apologize,” Cyborg said of White, who has attacked Cyborg’s looks on top of the recent issues regarding a Nunes rematch. “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 d**k, 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.”
Report: MMA Fighting