It looks like the relationship between UFC president Dana White and current Invicta FC featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg, could be turning sour.
Cyborg has already revealed that if the organisation doesn’t create a new women’s featherweight division, she will quit and it doesn’t sound like White has taken the threat too kindly.
TURNING DOWN TITLE FIGHTS
After picking up two impressive knockouts in catch weight fights, Cyborg told the promotion she won’t fight at 140 pounds again, citing her brutal weight cut as a reason.
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The UFC then decided to create a women’s featherweight title for her. However, according to White, Cyborg turned down fights against Holly Holm and Germaine De Randamie.
Speaking on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, he said: “What’s crazy about that is this, I offered Cris Cyborg a title fight at 145 pounds a month ago. She had eight weeks to get ready for it, she said she couldn’t make the weight, said she couldn’t make 145 pounds.
“So then I offered her another 145-pound title fight for Brooklyn (UFC 208), she turned it down. She turned down two 145-pound title fights.
“One because she said she couldn’t make 145 pounds in eight weeks, and Joe Silva’s like, ‘If she can’t make 145 pounds in eight weeks, 145 isn’t the right weight class for her either.’”
Although he’s claiming that she used weight as an excuse to get out of a fight with Holm, she didn’t give an excuse for a fight with De Randamie, and just turned it down.
He added: “First of all, obviously when we did the deal with Cyborg we sat down with her and said, ‘listen, if you can make it down to 135 pounds, maybe we can hire you a dietitian and help you get there or whatever, and get you in the mix. Get you a couple of [fights] with these girls and then fight Ronda (Rousey) for the title,’ and she was all in.
“That’s why she signed the deal. Then she was having a hard time doing it, so she cut down to 140, then this whole thing about, ‘I can’t make 140 pounds.’ Finally, we just said, ‘f**k it, alright then, we’ll make a 145-pound title for you,’ and here we go.
“She said, ‘I can’t make 145 pounds in eight weeks.’ This doesn’t have to do with weight. Obviously, it has nothing to do with weight cutting. I don’t know what it has to do with, so we’re gonna figure it out.”
Apparently, Cyborg wasn’t the only one turning down fights. White went on to reveal that Holm was open to fighting Cyborg, only for her coach Mike Winkeljohn to advise her against it.
He continued: “And just for the record, Holly was so excited, Holly was so excited for that fight. Her coach [Mike] Winkeljohn, said, ‘That’s not the right fight for Holly.’
“So Holly had to turn it down, so we went for Germaine, and Germaine wants the fight.”
Since then, Cyborg has revealed she will only be ready to compete in March 2017, so it’ll be interesting to see how this one unfolds until then.
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