Cris Cyborg is doing damage control after she released a doctored video of UFC president Dana White, who in turn fired her from the mixed martial arts promotion. After defeating Felicia Spencer at UFC 240, Cyborg, 34, confronted White, 50, backstage and demanded that she receive a rematch with UFC Women's Featherweight champion Amanda Nunes. She also grilled him for alleged comments he's made about her being "scared" of Nunes. Afterwards, Cyborg's team uploaded edited footage of the conversation that appeared to show White saying he had been lying about her, but that was not the case.
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.https://t.co/iGdUx0iBDT— Cris Cyborg Youtube (@criscyborg) August 3, 2019
As being released from UFC, Cyborg owned up to the clip being doctored on Twitter and posted the unedited clip. White seemed to actually be encouraging Cyborg, giving her the match she wanted and clarifying the true light of past comments he made about her.
"We'll do it. We'll get it done," White said. "Listen, when you hear me saying stuff, I'm not saying negative things about you."
Cyborg added, "But you say I'm afraid. I'm not afraid in the mind."
White replied, "Never did I say you're afraid."
Once again proving who the bigger person was in this feud. It’s not hard to apologize Dana just pay attention to how she’s handled this you can learn a thing or two.— Bruce 🇲🇽+🇩🇪=🇺🇸 (@CrucesViking) August 3, 2019
Its a shame he will never afford you the same respect.— Corwin Prescott (@CorwinPrescott) August 3, 2019
@criscyborg you don't need to apologize to him about a DAMN thing. He slandered your name and disrespected you numerous times. I would hate to not see the rematch, but move on and get what you deserve somewhere else. We Love You though 😀— JAZ847 (@JAZ847) August 3, 2019
UFC fans filed into the replies of Cyborg's apology to weigh in on the controversy, and the reaction was extremely mixed.
Some applauded Cyborg's reaction, saying it was the mature move to own up and take responsibility for her team's shady tactic. However, many still thought the firing was justified and even accused her of orchestrating the release to avoid a fight with Nunes.
Damn ! Edited the video, that’s messed up!— Kyall (@kyall93) August 3, 2019
Yer DONE.— The Great Bambino (@SMantle) August 3, 2019
White and UFC have not publicly responded to Cyborg's apology as of press time.
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