Late Friday night, Tito Ortiz went on Inside MMA to announce that he has stepped down as the manager for Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino.
He cited Dana White using his hatred for him as a reason to not let Cyborg (12-1, 1 NC) in to the UFC as his motive. He goes on to give White flak about the fact that he accuses Cyborg of using illegal substances although he had called Ortiz to make the fight between her and UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey.
Cyborg’s last two MMA fights were for Invicta FC with the first being a title eliminator and the second being a title fight with Marloes Coenen last July. She TKO’d Coenen in the fourth round and was her normal dominant self until then.
Most recently, Cyborg switched over to straight muay thai for Lion Fight Promotions where she TKO’d the formerly undefeated Jennifer Colomb. This was her first time she participated in a straight striking bout since 2006 which was her debut in the sport. She is 2-0 under muay thai rules.
No response has been given by the UFC as of yet.
White has been extremely vocal about Ortiz’s managerial skills since he took on Cyborg at just about every chance he could get. Not that Ortiz agrees, but he says several times in his statement that the primary reason he did so was to let fans have the fight they want.
Here is Ortiz’s full statement courtesy of Inside MMA:
“I can live with Dana not liking me but what I can’t live with is Dana using me to hurt someone else. I’ve taken abuse and maybe I deserved some of it but Cris is a beautiful person and great athlete and doesn’t deserve to be insulted like this.
I don’t understand how Dana lets his hatred towards me hurt the UFC and the fans by not making this fight.
He accuses her of still using banned substances and say that she isn’t worthy of fighting Ronda yet a year ago he personally called me to make the fight happen.
I never said she would die if she made 135- we just repeated what the Dr said that Cris shouldn’t make a career at 135- we offered a 3 fight deal they said no 7 fights or no deal.
Regardless – I won’t stand in the way from the fans getting a fight they want and I won’t hold Cris Back. So I’m stepping down as Cris’ manager
Now he can’t hold that against her-
I’m also tired of Dana accusing Cris of using banned substances. I challenge you to put up or shut up- Test her or stop lying about her- Cris is a beautiful woman inside and out- don’t insult her on her looks- she may be tough as nails but she still has feelings.
I know people are going to say there goes Tito making this about him again- but it’s not -it’s about Cris Cyborg- the baddest woman on the earth – soon to be multi-sport world champion.”
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