Will UFC 240 Be Cyborg’s Last UFC Event?
Dana White and Cris Cyborg historically have not had the best relationship, and heading into UFC 240, Cyborg is eyeing an exit after her fight with Felicia Spencer.
White has been very vocal in his opinion that Cyborg wants nothing to do with a rematch against Amanda Nunes, who knocked Cyborg out at UFC 232 in the first round.
Cyborg responded to White’s claims by saying he doesn’t understand fighters and his belief that the Brazilian doesn’t want to lose to Nunes for a second time is off-base.
“Listen, I am not saying anything negative about Cyborg. She does not want to fight Amanda Nunes, that is a fact,” White said at UFC 240 media day. “Why she would be mad at me because she doesn’t want to fight Amanda Nunes is beyond me. But I have no problem with Cris. I’ve said many times, earlier when she first came in there’s obviously some things we had to squash and fix and I thought we had done that. I’ve had a decent working relationship with her, believe me I’ve had much worse.”
“I have no ill will toward her and when I say that she doesn’t want to fight Amanda and I say that I don’t blame her, I’m not talking about her or being negative toward her, these are facts.”
Cyborg blames the lack of a rematch on the UFC, because they will only grant the rematch if Cyborg signs a multi-fight contract.
“Amanda Nunes wants to fight Cyborg. We want to make the Amanda Nunes-Cyborg fight. Cyborg does not. That’s a fact,” White continued. “I don’t know, then say that. Say I don’t want to fight Amanda Nunes because I don’t want to sign a new contract,” White said.
“I believe my guys have been trying to get a new deal done with her. Obviously, if we’re trying to make the Amanda Nunes fight, we’re trying to get a new deal done, too. It’s not like we’re trying to chase her out.”
“We’re trying to get something done, we’re trying to get another fight or if she wanted to, she could do a one fight deal and fight Amanda. She doesn’t want to fight Amanda Nunes. That’s period, end of story,” White said of a one or short fight deal with the former champion.
“She wouldn’t be a free agent [if she won]. She’d have the belt and there’s a clause that goes along with the belt. So it wouldn’t really be a [one-fight deal].”
UFC 240 Main Card On ESPN+ PPV (10 p.m. ET):
145 lbs.: UFC Featherweight Champion Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
145 lbs.: Cris Cyborg vs. Felicia Spencer
170 lbs.: Geoff Neal vs. Niko Price
155 lbs.: Olivier Aubin-Mercier vs. Arman Tsarukyan
185 lbs.: Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Krzysztof Jotko
UFC 240 Prelims Card On ESPN (8 p.m. ET):
125 lbs.: Viviane Araujo vs. Alexis Davis
145 lbs.: Hakeem Dawodu vs. Yoshinori Horie
145 lbs.: Seungwoo Choi vs. Gavin Tucker
125 lbs.: Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Alexandre Pantoja
UFC 240 Prelims Card On UFC Fight Pass (7 p.m. ET):
125 lbs.: Sarah Frota vs. Gillian Robertson
170 lbs.: Erik Koch vs. Kyle Stewart
Report: MMA Fighting