After months of talking back and forth in the media, the two Brazilian champions finally came to an agreement last month, with bantamweight champion Nunes (16-4 MMA, 9-1 UFC) set to challenge Cyborg (20-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) for her featherweight title in December at UFC 232.
On Tuesday, during an interview with FanSided, Cyborg called Nunes a traitor for continuing to train at American Top Team.
“‘Creonte’ is a Brazilian word that means traitor,” Justino said. “I think it’s embarrassing that the UFC made Amanda the first female Brazilian champion and instead of representing Brazil when she fights, she calls herself American Top Team. She disrespects Brazilian MMA fans every time she walks into the cage as a part of American Top Team.”
A big reason why Cyborg feels this way? She can’t understand how Nunes continues to associate herself with teammate Colby Covington.
Last October after a win over Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 119 in Sao Paulo, Covington referred to Brazilians as “filthy animals” during his post-fight interview. Ever since then, Covington has continued on with an anti-Brazil crusade and has been labeled a racist for it.
“This is the same gym as Colby Covington,” Cyborg said. “He disrespected Brazil so badly that the UFC was worried they didn’t have enough security to keep him safe and had to move his fight against (Rafael dos Anjos) to the USA instead of Brazil.
“Yet Nunes goes into the gym every day to train alongside Colby Covington and even shares the same coaches. Where I’m from in Brazil this would never happen. Imagine Chael Sonnen walking into Chute Boxe and training with Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva, or any of the coaches. Do you think they would have let him train after all the things he said about Brazil? No. They would have defended Brazil’s honor. Amanda doesn’t have that same respect for Brazil.”
To be fair, Nunes issued a tweet the day after Covington’s original tirade condemning his words.
Covington, in response back then, told MMAjunkie he didn’t consider Nunes or any other Brazilian at ATT his friend.
“I don’t really care about Amanda Nunes. I don’t really care about ‘Bigfoot’ Silva, you know,” Covington said. “They’re not my friends. They never have been my friends, and they never will be my friends.”
UFC 232 takes place Dec. 29 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view following expected prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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