While her Twitter post late last week simply called Ronda Rousey out as hypocritical over some remarks about body image, Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos expanded those thoughts in a longer post on Facebook as well.
Citing numerous comments from Rousey and UFC President Dana White over the last several years, Cyborg called them both bullies weakly trying to tear her down verbally. Below are Cyborg’s full comments:
I find it Hypocritical of @rondarousey to complain about people in Hollywood being critical of her body image, talking about her arms or the extra weight she carries between fights.
Instead of talking about my fighting skills, they would rather use the Media attention to say like I look like a man, or that I Walk like Wanderlia Silva in a dress.
These comments are not made to promote a fight between the 2 best female fighters on the planet!!
they are said to make me feel bad, and are a weak attempt to bully someone into having lower self esteem.
Whether Ronda accepts the responsibility or not, she is a role model for millions of girls around the world and they listen to what she says, often times imitating her actions.
I am glad to see she is more sensitive to the issue of Bullying now that she is experiencing it for herself in Hollywood and hopefully with this comes more maturity and growth as a woman.
I see the results of bullying online everyday, and it is a real problem, because of this I have decided to use my next fight in #InvictaFC to bring awarness to online Bullying, more news about my next opponent and fight date to come soon!
It is important that people understand their true value is not in the way that they look, how many instagram followers they have, or the amount of money that they have in their bank account.
Our true self worth and lasting legacy comes from the way we treat one another, how well we help our communities, and our ability to serve god.
Online bullying will never go away, but through education I hope we can lead people to see the consequences of their actions, and I am glad to see Ronda Rousey is starting to see this for herself.
Penick’s Analysis: Cyborg is completely in the right on this topic, and no matter what Rousey would try to argue to the contrary, she’s said some fairly awful things about Cyborg and some others in the past. It is hard at times to reconcile the message from the messenger, and though it’s been a while since we’ve seen that type of comment from Rousey, there are plenty of examples of her doing just that out there. It’s one thing in the course of fight promotion to trash talk and rile up an opponent, but as Justino notes here all of this has been done with no fight on the table from both Rousey and White, simply to rip into her and nothing more. It’s not something that should be acceptable, and hopefully it’s something Rousey doesn’t continue doing if she wants to spread a different type of message.