Dana White slams Cris Cyborg: “She was a nightmare to deal with”
The UFC and former champion Cris Cyborg parting ways was perhaps not the most unexpected of occurrences. The circumstances around the break, however, are certainly out of the ordinary. A video, released by Cyborg, seemed to show a backstage exchange between her and UFC president Dana White. The video painted Cyborg in a favourable light, however the footage was later deemed to be doctored, and was then taken down.
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Shortly after White formally released Cyborg from her contract, and he certainly hasn’t cooled off regarding the former UFC champ. In a media scrum following this weeks Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series, he opened up at length about the situation.
“Dealing with her has been a nightmare the entire time she’s been here,” White said. “It’s been a bad experience dealing with Cyborg since Day 1. We brought in her after she tested positive for steroids and we made her a clean athlete with the best drug testing policy in all of sports the entire time she was here. When she talks about her legacy and her brand, her legacy and her brand, nothing’s better than knowing she’s a clean athlete after testing positive for steroids and all the negativity that surrounded her about being a dirty athlete. We bring her in here, we do all this stuff and she was just never happy.
“She was a nightmare to deal with”
“Never happy, complaining about everything – she was a nightmare to deal with, and at the end of the day she knows, I know, Amanda Nunes knows, I tried to make that Nunes fight. She doesn’t want it. She doesn’t want it. She gets mad when I say I don’t blame her. I don’t blame her. If that was Amanda Nunes (at UFC 240) I think everyone can agree what would’ve happened in that fight. She’s unhappy, we’re unhappy, she lies and does that thing. See ya later. Have a nice life.
“I don’t think there’s any peace between me and Cyborg. Whether you like me or you don’t like me, whatever your opinion is it doesn’t matter. What she did was dirty. It was dirty what she did with the video and all this other stuff in it. Meanwhile she’s out here saying she better get an apology from me? Yeah. I got an apology from her. Because what she did was one of the dirtiest things. It had to kill her to apologize to me. Kill her to do it. But what she did is one of the dirtiest things you can do to somebody. That’s why she apologized.”
It’s not sure where Cyborg will seek out new fights. Bellator featherweight champion Julia Budd has opened up about facing the former UFC champ. Cyborg has also showed interest in competing in boxing and other combat sports. Regardless, a parting between Cyborg and The UFC may very well end up being in both parties interest, as an amicable relationship was never reached.