Cyborg Talks “Divorce” From UFC/Dana White
Been an interesting month for Cris Cyborg.
The former UFC featherweight champion ended her UFC 240 career with a dominant win over Felicia Spencer, then dropped a YouTube vlog that took a private conversation between her and UFC President Dana White out of context.
From there White made it clear that he and the Endeavor owned promotion were no-longer in the “Cyborg business,” opening the door for Cyborg to sign with Bellator.
“He knew,” Cyborg said of her intentions of leaving the UFC. “(Dana) said, ‘I’m out of the business of ‘Cyborg.’ I got out first. He did not let me go. I went first because he didn’t want to make the rematch, and I had to wait a long time to fight. But now, it’s in the past,” Cyborg told reporters on Saturday, trying to say she was the one to leave the professional relationship.
“After my last fight, I asked for a rematch (with Nunes),” she said. “And they said they’re not going to give it to me. When I did my last fight, I knew it was the last fight. When I stepped into the cage, I said, ‘This is the last one.’”
“It’s a new chapter in my career,” she said of her move to the Viacom owned promotion. “(Dana) lost. You can see all the interviews he talks about me because it feels like we’re divorced. It’s another page in my career, and I’m really happy to be a part of Bellator.”
While the details of how her rematch with Nunes never happened remain murky, Cyborg has hopes of a cross-promotional fight between her and the double champion.
“It’s still there,” Cyborg said. “Why not? I talked about this to Scott. I said, ‘Scott, if I have the opportunity to fight Amanda and do the rematch, it can be champion against champion.’ He’s open for that. We’ll fight you. Just call us.”