Cyborg: Lack Of Post-Fight Interview Is Disrespectful
For the first time in over a decade, Cris Cyborg was defeated at UFC 232 when Amanda Nunes finished Cyborg in the co-main event of UFC 232.
And while she embraced the loss and paid respect to the new double champion in Amanda Nunes, Cyborg felt disrepected in the aftermath of the fight when she was told to leave the cage.
“They just kicked me out of the cage,” Cyborg said during her post-fight media scrum (via MMA Fighting). “I think (it’s) very bad, very disrespectful, because I did a lot for the sport. I was supposed to say hello for my fans and talk to them. I think it’s not right.
“But OK, they did, (it’s) already done, I can go (to the) media and talk to my fans, say how I appreciate them, how them coming to the cage to watch my fight, all Cyborg Nation here to watch me. It’s OK, I just feel like I’m supposed to say something. Two Brazilian fighters, two champions. That’s it.”
While Cyborg would have wanted to speak to her fans, ever since Daniel Cormier’s reaction following his loss at UFC 214, the UFC and especially commentator Joe Rogan, have looked away from doing interviews with fighters who lost due to a knockout or TKO.
Either way, Cyborg looked positive moving forward in 2019.
“I always try being the champion in the hearts of everybody, give them hope, because people (who) follow me knows how hard it was for me and I never showed them I’m quitting, I’m weak, I never showed that,” she said. “But I’m a human being, I have my mistakes, I have a lot of things like everybody here, and I showed them it doesn’t matter you gonna fall, you gonna stand up on your feet and get in there. You just have to believe and have faith.
“This is the thing I want to show to all my fans. When you do that, you are the champion. When you stand up on your feet after you fall, you are the champion. And this is what I tried to show all my fans because I know everybody has hard times and I feel sad because everybody is sad because I lost today.
“For sure I have something to learn today. I don’t know what now, but I know God is gonna show me. I don’t want nobody sad because I’m not gonna be sad.”
Initial Report: MMA Fighting