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Dana White: Cris Cyborg Committed ‘Professional Suicide’ in Signing with Tito Ortiz

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UFC President Dana White blasted UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz during a media scrum Sunday in Brazil, calling Ortiz a”dummy” and “irrelevant.”

“[Ortiz] is the most irrelevant fighter on the f*cking planet,” White said. “He can’t beat anybody. He literally can’t beat anybody. Cyborg would fu*king knock him out.”

White went off on Ortiz when asked whether Cris “Cyborg” Justino, whom he manages, would ever fight in the UFC.

“She’s got a dummy running her business, who can’t run his own business,” White said. “The last thing I would ever do, ever, is do anything with that knucklehead, and I am not talking about Cyborg.”

Cyborg is 12-1 (1 N.C.), and is widely regarded as one of the best female fighters in the world. The UFC attempted to sign her to fight UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, but was unable to reach a deal because Cyborg fights at 145 pounds and the UFC only has a 135-pound women’s division.

Instead, Cyborg signed with Ortiz’s management company. She has since fought for Invicta FC and most recently at Lion Fight 11, in a Muay Thai contest, where she won by KO in round 2.

“She literally committed professional suicide,” White said. “The dumbest guy in the sport, literally, literally, the dumbest guy in the sport, who has destroyed his own career, she has him guide her career. That makes no sense.”

White did give Ortiz some credit: “As stupid as he and as irrelevant as he is, he’s very good about keeping people talking about him.”

Ortiz will come out of retirement to fight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator’s first pay-per-view, Nov. 2. White won’t be watching.

“People don’t even want to watch them for free in the U.S.” White said. “They pull low ratings … people don’t watch it for free.”

White also said UFC has no interest in purchasing Bellator because there’s “no value” there.

“Viacom owns them,” White said. “They are owned by one of the biggest media companies in the world. They got $5 billion in cash. They are owned by one of the biggest media companies in the world and you look at the numbers, pretty pathetic.”