(“On second thought, maybe I shouldn’t twist”)
On Wednesday at the UFC on FUEL TV 7 press conference, Dana White confirmed that Cris “Cyborg” Santos was in the process of being released from the UFC. Immediately following the announcement White began spitting venom in every direction when discussing the fallout between the two sides.
“I’m telling you right now, she wants nothing to do with this fight with Ronda (Rousey). This is the biggest show in the world. We’re working with her to get her a deal or whatever. When you send a letter from your lawyer and your doctor saying I will die if I try to make 135 (pounds), it’s just the goofiest thing. I’ve never seen anything like it in the fight business.”
Like a six year old “Cryborg” (the lovable and clever Rousey alternative nickname) has decided to pack up her things and leave the UFC thanks, in part, to current manager and UFC “thorn” Tito Ortiz. By Santos leaving the promotion the odds of a Rousey/Cyborg fight have dropped down to the “natural” testosterone levels of one Vitor Belfort, and there’s no testosterone replacement therapy for that problem. According to White the opportunity for this fight would have presented itself down the road – if both Rousey and Santos continued to win.
“So what happens is, so we’ll figure something out where Cyborg gets some fights. Ronda defends her title a few times. Then maybe Ronda moves up to whatever and fights… they want nothing to do with that, wants nothing to do with it. It’s wacky beyond wackiness.”
As Dana continued, channeling his inner Ronda Rousey, he took constant pot shots at the former Strikeforce women’s 145 pound champion like she was nothing more than a UFC speed bag. He made sure we all knew just how much Cyborg had faded into obscurity.
“Cyborg is pretty much irrelevant right now. She really is. She’s irrelevant. Go out there and win some fights again, get your name back, stay clean, stay off some steroids and get your career back on track and then we’ll talk. But for her to think that everybody should move around and jump through hoops for her is insane.”
We get it Ronda has more options in the 135 pound division than a fat kid at Golden Corral on half price night, but that’s not the issue. The problem lies in the fact that the MMA community wants to see this fight happen, and our appetite for it (like the aforementioned fat kid) will only increase with every clever assortment she comes up with for the “Cyborg” nickname.