|Cris Cyborg: ‘It was disrespectful’|
|By Marcelo Barone
Photo by Esther LinCris Cyborg went to Strikeforce’s last edition as a fan but was invited to leave the show, according to her tweet last Saturday (18th). On Monday, she talked to TATAME to clear things out and said the way she got treated by the organization bothered her.
“I watched all fights but on the last one, Ronda’s, a woman working on the event came to tell me I had to leave because the commission doesn’t accept suspended athletes on the shows. My manager talked to the guys at the commission and there’s really a law that says that. I was upset for the way they treated me. They could’ve pulled me on a corner and told me, not in front of the fans. I was taking pictures and they interrupted me, saying I had to go. It was very disrespectfyl. I believe a champion deserves to be treated with respect. Everyone knows an athlete’s life isn’t easy, so all fighters deserve respect. When I was in Brazil I watched UFC and there was no problem”, explained.
Despite the “invitation”, Cris Cyborg watched to Ronda Rousey’s fight against Sarah Kaufman, finished with an armbar.
“I watched it from upstairs, standing up. I thought he did a great job fighting, had a good performance. She’s a great athlete on her division. This is my last interview on which I’m talking about her. I’m making clear to the fans who want to see this fight that if it’s up to me and her it will never happen because I’m not dropping to her weight class and she can’t gain few pounds to fight me. So I’m only talking about her again if I sign a contract because then it will be a fight that will actually happen. It doesn’t depend on me, it’s up to Strikeforce to decide. If they want this fight they will have to come to an agreement so that both of us are happy”.
Suspended after being caught doping, Cris Cyborg waits for the end of her punishment, which expires on December. The fighter, who took the featherweight title from Gina Carano’s hands had defeated Hiroko Yamanaka on her last fight, but after the test the result was turned into a “no contest”.