The fraught relationship between Cris Cyborg and the UFC looks to be over after Dana White confirmed she will not be offered a new contract.
Cyborg secured a unanimous decision win over Felicia Spencer at UFC 240 and immediately called for an Amanda Nunes match-up afterwards. She was also strongly critical of the treatment she received from White and the UFC.
Speaking in a UFC conducted interview, White confirmed they were cutting Cyborg loose.
All this other bullshit that she’s putting out there – again, to avoid fighting Amanda Nunes. Message received. I get it. I’m going to release her from her contract. I will not match any offers.
She is free and clear to go to Bellator or any of these other organizations and fight these easy fights that she wants. Done. Done deal. I will literally today have my lawyer draft a letter to her team that she is free and clear to go wherever she wants. We’re out of the Cyborg business.
Now further details have emerged about the feud. Cyborg had released a video after her last fight which included statements White made about the former champion.
In a video posted on Instagram, the UFC star admitted the footage was doctored and apologised to White.
"I want to let everyone know that the video was edited by my Production Team to make it appear as though Dana told me 'and listen whenever you hear me saying stuff, I’m not saying …the truth.' Dana did not say that to me, and the subtitles in the video were incorrect. As you can see from the unedited video, Dana actually said 'and listen, whenever you hear me saying stuff, I’m not saying negative things about you'," she wrote on Instagram.
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Hey guys, I know that many people saw the video of my confrontation with Dana White after UFC 240 that was posted on my official YouTube channel, Twitter account and Instagram account. I want to let everyone know that the video was edited by my Production Team to make it appear as though Dana told me “and listen whenever you hear me saying stuff, I’m not saying …the truth.” Dana did not say that to me, and the subtitles in the video were incorrect. As you can see from the unedited video, Dana actually said “and listen, whenever you hear me saying stuff, I’m not saying negative things about you.” Dana and I have had many disagreements during my career in the UFC, and I have been adamant about standing up for myself in situations where I feel my character and statements have been misrepresented and used against me. But I also take pride in being an honest person and a true professional. I take full responsibility for the actions that resulted in the edited video being posted on my social media accounts. We were wrong, and I have addressed this issue with my Production Team so that it doesn’t ever happen again in the future. Finally, I want to apologize to Dana White for posting the video. Even though we will continue to disagree about numerous issues, I will always stand up for doing what is right. •••••••••