Dana White: We’re out of the Cyborg business

Robert Vallejos, MMATorch Managing Editor

Cris Cyborg signs with Bellator
Jul 27, 2019; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Cris Cyborg (red gloves) bleeds during her fight against Felicia Spencer (blue gloves) during UFC 240 at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Dana White claims that the UFC will not negotiate with Cris Cyborg.

The rocky relationship between the UFC and Cris Cyborg has apparently come to an end.

In a video interview with Laura Sanko, UFC president Dana White revealed that the UFC will not look to renew Cyborg’s UFC contract.

“I will literally today have my lawyer draft a letter to her team that she is free and clear to go wherever she wants. We’re out of the Cyborg business.” White said.

During the interview White intimated that his frustration with Cyborg is related to Cyborg’s refusal to fight current featherweight champion Amana Nunes.

White also indicated that prior to Cyborg’s previous fight with Nunes, (at UFC 232) Cyborg also refused to fight Nunes, instead she requested to fight Cindy Dandois or Pam Sorenson.

Cyborg would lose to Nunes at UFC 232; her first loss since 2005.

While Cyborg’s victory of Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 was the last fight on her current UFC contract, the UFC did have an exclusive negotiating window with Cyborg. White, expressed the desire to waive the exclusive window.

While Cyborg and the UFC have always had a tense relationship, the aftermath of UFC 240 has brought their bad blood back.

After UFC 240, Cyborg requested that she receive a public apology from White, and from announcer Joe Rogan, for past public comments.

In the interview with Sanko, White attempted to add context to his comments in 2014, where he compared Cyborg’s appearance to Wanderlei Silva.

Earlier  in the week, Cyborg released a video that showed her interaction with White after UFC 240.

The video shows Cyborg asking Dana White to stop lying about her not wanting a second Nunes fight. White is also heard telling Cyborg that they (the UFC) will get the fight done.

At 34, with a record of 21–2 (1) Cyborg will likely have plenty of future destinations.

Previously, Cyborg fought for Bellator promoter Scott Coker in Strikeforce. In the past, Cyborg also expressed interest in both boxing and professional wrestling.


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