Not many fighters have dared to suggest that the UFC shouldn’t be hosting events during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, but Cris Cyborg has never been afraid to go against the grain.
“Everybody has to be quarantined,” Cyborg, who left the UFC for Bellator, told the No-Sports Report. “It’s the rules for everyone. You know a lot of people don’t want to be home.
A lot of people are struggling now, and I think he personally should do something (other) than just think about himself and boxing and MMA fights. …
I think it’s better to wait, like everyone – respect everyone.”
Cyborg was also keen to stress that it’s not just about making sure the event itself is safe as if you’re going to have people fighting then they will have to train accordingly, and that too can put them at risk.
“Even though the fighters have to be together for training, you could say, ‘OK, I’m going to make an event now.’ Do you think if you (did) say, ‘OK, Cris, you’re going to have a fight,’ I’m going to have to make my team?
“You know, I have to put my team together. We are going to be together, training. Then you put the risk of the family around you. You know, I think you had to wait and have respect for the process. Be patient.”
However, as we all know Cyborg and Dana White have never seen eye-to-eye, so it’s likely that her comments will fall on deaf ears, even if she does make valid points.