The tense situation between Cris Cyborg and Dana White took another unexpected turn last night when soon after the UFC President declared he was releasing the fighter from her contract with immediate effect, only for the Brazilian star to then issue a public apology to him for a controversial video posted after UFC 240.
As mmainsight.com suggested earlier this week, video footage posted on Cyborg’s YouTube channel of a confrontation between herself and White backstage at the event appeared to have been edited in a misleading fashion to make it seem as if White had said something that he didn’t.
Cyborg has now issued a personal apology to White in which she takes full responsbility for the video.
“Hey guys, I know that many people saw the video of my confrontation with Dana White after UFC 240 that was posted on my official YouTube channel, Twitter account and Instagram account,” Cyborg wrote on Instagram. “I want to let everyone know that the video was edited by my Production Team to make it appear as though Dana told me “and listen whenever you hear me saying stuff, I’m not saying …the truth.” Dana did not say that to me, and the subtitles in the video were incorrect. As you can see from the unedited video, Dana actually said “and listen, whenever you hear me saying stuff, I’m not saying negative things about you.” Dana and I have had many disagreements during my career in the UFC, and I have been adamant about standing up for myself in situations where I feel my character and statements have been misrepresented and used against me. But I also take pride in being an honest person and a true professional. I take full responsibility for the actions that resulted in the edited video being posted on my social media accounts. We were wrong, and I have addressed this issue with my Production Team so that it doesn’t ever happen again in the future. 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.”
it’s possible that the contents of the video were part of the reason White decided to terminate Cyborg’s contract, but it remains unclear this morning whether this apology may change that situation, with the UFC president having reposted what she wrote alongside a comment stating, “Thank you, Cris.”