Cris Cyborg’s uneasy relationship with the UFC, and Dana White in particular, continued after her UFC 240 co-main event victory over Felicia Spencer on Saturday night.
The fight was the last on Cyborg’s current UFC contract and based on the complaints she voiced post-fight it seems far from certain that she’ll re-sign and return to the Octagon.
“We have a lot of issues, me and the UFC,” Cyborg said at the UFC 240 post-fight presser. “Media and people don’t see a lot of things inside but we have a lot of things to work to continue to stay (in UFC) Everybody knows I don’t have the best and greatest relationship with UFC, I don’t have the best relationship with Dana White. He’s bullied me around, bullied me on the Internet and I’m suffering bullying everywhere because of this. I have a daughter, I have a father and I don’t think it’s nice and he’s never, ever said, ‘I’m sorry’ or told me anything about this. It’s going to continue, it’s not finished.
“Like to say I’m scared of Amanda Nunes, to say I don’t want to fight her, this is a liar. I text him after the fight saying I want the rematch. This don’t help grow my brand. It damages my brand and if I’m going to work for a promotion I don’t want someone to damage by brand. I want to work together and we’re going to have to take a little time and see.”
With all that in mind it’s perhaps telling that Bellator boss Scott Coker wrote a brief message of congratulations to Cyborg following her win.
Coker previously worked with Cyborg earlier in her career when she was signed to Strikeforce and she would certainly be a welcome addition to the Bellator roster, where Julia Budd currently reigns as featherweight champion.