Cris Cyborg Says ‘Disrespectful’ UFC ‘Kicked Her Out Of Cage’ After Loss
Last weekend Cris Cyborg’s 13-year unbeaten run ended when bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes stopped Justino in 51 seconds via first-round knockout in the co-main event of UFC 232 at The Forum. Despite the devastating loss, Cyborg says she’d love to have a word with her fans at an in-cage interview with Joe Rogan. She also reminds everyone of her accomplishments in this sport, and her standing justified to being given her a chance to address her fans but simply that didn’t happen.
“They just kicked me out of the cage,” Cyborg said during her post-fight media scrum (h/t MMA Fighting). “I think (it’s) very bad, very disrespectful, because I did a lot for the sport. I was supposed to say hello for my fans and talk to them. I think it’s not right.
“But OK, they did, (it’s) already done, I can go (to the) media and talk to my fans, say how I appreciate them, how them coming to the cage to watch my fight, all Cyborg Nation here to watch me. It’s OK, I just feel like I’m supposed to say something. Two Brazilian fighters, two champions. That’s it.”
On being asked if Saturday’s loss and haven’t gotten a chance to give an in-cage interview, could affect her decision to re-sign with UFC as well her past issues with the promotion. To that Cyborg said she didn’t have any hatred for anyone and handled the setback with poise.
“I always try being the champion in the hearts of everybody, give them hope, because people (who) follow me knows how hard it was for me and I never showed them I’m quitting, I’m weak, I never showed that,” she said. “But I’m a human being, I have my mistakes, I have a lot of things like everybody here, and I showed them it doesn’t matter you gonna fall, you gonna stand up on your feet and get in there. You just have to believe and have faith.
“This is the thing I want to show to all my fans. When you do that, you are the champion. When you stand up on your feet after you fall, you are the champion. And this is what I tried to show all my fans because I know everybody has hard times and I feel sad because everybody is sad because I lost today.
“For sure I have something to learn today. I don’t know what now, but I know God is gonna show me. I don’t want nobody sad because I’m not gonna be sad.”
The former champion has one fight left in her UFC contract. After her loss, Cyborg asked for an immediate rematch with Nunes, but Dana White is not in favor of this idea due to Amanda Nunes’ dominant victory. It’s unknown whether Brazilian will re-sign her contract with the promotion given her rocky relationship with the UFC in the past.
Considering her outstanding resume do you think Cyborg should have gotten an in cage interview at UFC 232?