SAN JOSE, Calif. – The red carpet was rolled out for ex-UFC, Strikeforce and Invicta featherweight champion Cris Cyborg at Bellator 226, and she couldn’t be happier.
Cyborg also got in a few jabs at her former promoter and a drama-filled exit that scuttled a rematch with two-division champ Amanda Nunes.
Contrary to headlines, Cyborg claims she left the UFC before promotion president Dana White made her a free agent, and she had already made up her mind to leave.
“After my last fight, I asked for a rematch (with Nunes),” Cyborg told reporters, including MMA Junkie, while serving as a guest fighter at Saturday’s event at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. “And they said they’re not going to give it to me.
“When I did my last fight, I knew it was the last fight. When I stepped into the cage, I said, ‘This is the last one.’”
At one point, Cyborg confronted White about his claim that she didn’t want to fight Nunes, which was immortalized in a video that allegedly led to her ouster.
But Cyborg also said she called out the UFC president about his desire to make the fight on the spot, saying it wasn’t true “because he’s a liar.” And when it came time to end the relationship, she said it wasn’t his decision.
“He knew,” Cyborg said. “(Dana) said, ‘I’m out of the business of ‘Cyborg.’ I got out first. He did not let me go. I went first because he didn’t want to make the rematch, and I had to wait a long time to fight. But now, it’s in the past.”
Bellator president Scott Coker has promised Cyborg an immediate title fight, two to three fights a year, and the freedom to box professionally. That’s on top of a deal he said is the most lucrative in the history of women’s MMA.
“All my fans say, ‘Cris, I’m really happy,’” she said. “‘You seem happy. And (expletive) Dana White.’”
For Cyborg, who worked with Coker 10 years earlier in the now-defunct Strikeforce promotion, the goal is to move forward and make the most of the home where she’ll finish her career.
“It’s a new chapter in my career,” she said. “(Dana) lost. You can see all the interviews he talks about me because it feels like we’re divorced. It’s another page in my career, and I’m really happy to be a part of Bellator.”
And if White really wants to make that rematch, Cyborg said he can do something he’s never done in MMA: co-promote.
“It’s still there,” Cyborg said. “Why not? I talked about this to Scott. I said, ‘Scott, if I have the opportunity to fight Amanda and do the rematch, it can be champion against champion.’ He’s open for that.
“We’ll fight you. Just call us.”
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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