Cris Cyborg Asks for Release from UFC Contract


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit
Cris Cyborg

Cris Cyborg

Everybody wants to see former Strikeforce champions Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Santos fight, but as the days dwindle on, it looks less and less likely that it’s ever going to happen.

Things have devolved to the point that UFC Hall of Famer and current Cyborg manager Tito Ortiz on Friday night told Inside MMA that his client has asked to be released from her contract.

Cyborg was one of the fighters under contract with Zuffa, LLC when the UFC assimilated the Strikeforce roster. Zuffa, LLC is the parent company of both promotions, so Cyborg’s contract carried over to the UFC.

The problem is, Cyborg was the 145-pound champion and often struggled to make weight in that division. Rousey is the UFC’s first 135-pound women’s champion and neither she nor the UFC appear to want her to fight outside of that class anytime soon.

Cyborg, according to Ortiz, is willing to do the fight, but only at a catchweight of 140 pounds.

The UFC seems unwilling to do that, at least not yet. Cyborg is unhappy with the UFC’s alternative offer, which Ortiz said includes the possibility of her remaining under contract, but then fighting for Invicta FC, the burgeoning all-women’s mixed martial arts promotion.

“UFC wanted to sign a huge deal with Cris Cyborg, but they wanted to stick her over in Invicta. It didn’t make sense to me,” said Ortiz on Inside MMA.

“I talked to Cyborg time and time again, asked her and asked her. She said I would love to do a three-fight deal; fourth fight would be against Ronda. Let’s get it done at 140, not be a fight for the 135-pound championship,” he continued.

“For her to get down to 135 pounds is physically impossible, for a woman. For a man it’s different because we have more water weight to take off. For Cris Cyborg to get down to that weight, she’s going to be three to four percent bodyfat.

“I’ve talked to her. She wants to start a family later on; she wants to have kids. Family is what it’s truly about.”

With that in mind, Cyborg just doesn’t want to try and go any lower than 140 pounds, and doesn’t really appreciate the alternatives, since the UFC has no intention of adding a women’s 145-pound division to its offerings any time in the near future.

If the UFC and Rousey aren’t willing to make the deal at 140 pounds, Cyborg is content to cut ties and take her chances elsewhere.

“Right now we’re actually waiting for the UFC to release her,” said Ortiz. “We asked for them to release her. (UFC president Dana White) actually talked to me yesterday. They gave me an offer. I went to Cyborg, she says she doesn’t want to do it, and we just asked for a release.

“If they’re not having a 145-pound weight class, what else can they do? As of now, she’s gonna be released, and maybe we’ll go looking somewhere else.”

Be sure to Like MMAWeekly.com on Facebook and Follow @MMAWeeklycom on Twitter.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 24 days ago
  • 48 views

Cyborg wants Davis to do a good job and said that Rousey is a "one trick pony". Although she yet can't make 135 lbs, Cris Cyborg Justino still eyes a future bout with Ronda Rousey and talked with Tatame.com.br about the upcoming fight for the UFC bantamweight title between Rousey and challenger, Alexis Davis. In next Saturday's fight at UFC 175, the Invicta FC featherweight champion will support the challenger against her nemesisL I think that Davis has a good ground game, I know the people who more

  • 19 days ago
  • 24 views

Dana White claims to have offered Cris Cyborg a same deal as Ronda Rousey in the past, but according to the UFC president, she turned it down. With every dominant win Ronda Rousey has over each female competitor they put against her, Dana White gets asked about when he would bring in a fellow dominant champion in Cris Cyborg. UFC 175 was no exception, and after Rousey's 16 second TKO over Alexis Davis, White was asked the same question and he became testy about it. "You guys want me to sign her, more

  • 19 days ago
  • 37 views

A few months ago, Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino vowed to retire Ronda Rousey the same way she did Gina Carano, and she isn’t backing down from that promise. Rousey, who knocked out Alexis Davis in 16 seconds at UFC 175 on Saturday night, is bathing in the spotlight as a UFC champion and the current face of women’s MMA. As UFC President Dana White once put it in an interview with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com, the women’s bantamweight division is the “Ronda Rousey show.” But it wasn’t always that more

  • 17 days ago
  • 47 views

Bold statement, but as the much-improved striker Ronda Rousey proved at UFC 175, her hands aren't to be ignored. Ronda Rousey defended her Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight title for the fourth straight time this past weekend (Sat., July 5, 2014) in the co-main event of UFC 175 in Las Vegas, Nevada, obliterating Alexis Davis in a mere 16 seconds (recap). In the first exchange, "Rowdy" clipped Davis with a straight right hand that dazed the jiu-jitsu black belt, and follow more

  • 15 days ago
  • 34 views

Dana White refrained from going on a long tirade about Cris Cyborg, obviously tiring on the subject, saying "either you wanna come (into the UFC) and try to be the champ or you don't." more

  • 14 days ago
  • 20 views

In addition, the Brazilian is expected to make a second appearance at 135 pounds next spring. Cristiane Justino isn't headed to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) just yet... That's because "Cyborg" is expected to make her bantamweight debut for Invicta Fighting Championship (Invicta FC), the all female mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion where she currently rules the 145-pound roost, according to MMA Junkie, at the Invicta 10 event in December. Justino is then expected to make a second appeara more

  • 14 days ago
  • 17 views

Cyborg vs. Rousey? Let's not jump that far ahead, but Cris Cyborg is apparently on her way to 135 lbs for her next Invicta fight. Yesterday, Invicta FC announced their first show of 2014 in a special conference call. The women's MMA promotion will hold all of its events on UFC Fight Pass, starting with Invicta FC 8 on September 6th. In addition to that bit of news, Shannon Knapp told MMA Junkie's Steven Marocco that featherweight champion Cris Cyborg will be at bantamweight for her next fight: " more

  • 14 days ago
  • 26 views

Ronda Rousey vs. Cris Cyborg might be one step closer to becoming a reality now that the knockout artist is set to make her bantamweight debut. The Invicta FC featherweight champion will make her 135-pound debut at a yet-to-be announced Invicta FC card in December. Cyborg confirmed the plans to MMAFighting.com following a report by MMAJunkie. There’s no date or venue for the card yet, which it will air live on UFC Fight Pass. Unbeaten in MMA since 2005, Cyborg (12-1, 1 no-contest) won the Invict more

  • 28 days ago
  • 56 views

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held its weigh in event earlier today (Fri., June 27, 2014) at the Vector Arena in Auckland, Australia, for those fighters competing at the UFC Fight Night 43: "Te Huna vs. Marquardt" event, which is scheduled to take place tomorrow night live on UFC Fight Pass. For complete UFC Fight Night 43 weigh in results and video click here. The staredowns were nothing to write home about, as is usually the case, but you can at least get a look at how each fighter chos more