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Cris Cyborg feels she was disrespected by UFC after being knocked-out by Amanda Nunes

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Last Saturday saw arguably the two top Featherweights in the UFC women's division face off in Los Angeles, as Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes clashed for the 145 pound belt.

Both fighters had impressive resumes coming into the bout. Since losing her first-ever MMA fight in 2005, Cyborg had gone undefeated and captured the UFC Featherweight title over Tonya Evinger in July 2017.

She also secured a unanimous decision victory over the dethroner of Ronda Rousey - Holly Holm - in December of 2017.

Nunes meanwhile has taken some major scalps in her career. Valentina Shevchenko, Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey and Raquel Pennington had all been put to the sword by 'The Lioness'.

Many were expecting a close fight - but not many expected it to be over in 51 seconds.

Cyborg was shaken almost instantly by Nunes' strikes, and after stumbling several times, the woman undefeated under the UFC banner had finally been stopped, becoming a two-weight champion in the process.

The usual protocol following fights are that both competitors get interviewed inside the Octagon, but it was only the new champion Nunes who Joe Rogan spoke to.

And that clearly irked Cyborg, who stated in the post-fight press conference that she felt 'disrespected' by the company.

Cris Cyborg and Amanda Nunes embrace after the latter knocked Cyborg out at UFC 232.

“They just kicked me out of the cage,” Cyborg explained.

“I think [it’s] very bad, very disrespectful, because I did a lot for the sport. I was supposed to say hello for my fans and talk to them. I think it’s not right.

"But okay, they did, [it’s] already done, I can go to the media and talk to my fans, say how I appreciate them, how them coming to the cage to watch my fight, all Cyborg Nation here to watch me.

"It’s OK, I just feel like I’m supposed to say something. Two Brazilian fighters, two champions. That’s it.”

You can't really blame Cyborg for feeling how she does, she had a right to speak to the fans that came to see her fight.

With only one fight left in her UFC contract, the chances of Cyborg re-signing with them after how she feels she has been treated makes it uncertain that she will come back under another contract.

But never say never as she clearly has unfinished business in the Featherweight division.

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