UFC President Dana White Comments on Recent Issues with Cris “Cyborg” Santos
Earlier today at a pre-fight media scrum for UFC on Fuel TV 7, UFC President Dana White spoke with reporters about recent issues with former Strikeforce 145 lb. women’s champion, Cris “Cyborg” Santos. Recently, Cyborg and her manager Tito Ortiz made it clear that Cyborg had asked for her release from her contract with ZUFFA.
White on the recent business with Cyborg: “I’m telling you right now, she wants nothing to do with this fight with Ronda (Rousey). Ronda does the fight at 140, it’s not even for a title. The fight just makes no sense.”
White on receiving a letter from Cyborg’s lawyer and doctor on how she is risking her life and certain death if she were to cut down to 135 lbs.: “We were working with her to get a deal. When you send a letter from your lawyer and your doctor saying, ‘I will die if I try to make 135,’ it’s the goofiest thing. I’ve never seen anything like it in the fight business. OK, so you don’t want to make 135 but you want to talk about fighting Ronda. First of all, you tested positive for steroids and got stripped of your title, and you’re trying to talk about how Ronda doesn’t want to fight you.”
White on how the UFC is going to focus on the 135 lb. division for women and that they are moving on from Cyborg: “We have 10 of the best 135-pounders in the world as far as the women go. We’re going to do this division, we’re going to see how this fight (at UFC 157) goes down. ‘Cyborg’ is pretty much irrelevant right now. Go out there and win some fights again, get your name back, stay clean, stay off steroids, get your career back on track and we’ll talk. But for her to think that everyone should move around and jump through hoops for her is insane.”