Cris Cyborg is the uncrowned queen of all 145-pound female MMA fighters. I know this, you know this, and the UFC knows this. But she’s had a bit of a contentious relationship with the UFC, despite them wanting to capitalize on her popularity with the formation of a female featherweight division that floundered right out of the gate without her.
Well, Cyborg is set to face off against Invicta FC champ Tonya Evinger for the UFC belt (that Germaine de Randamie was rightfully stripped of for refusing to fight Cyborg), and UFC boss Dana White admits some mistakes were made in the handling of the Brazilian star.
As per MMAJunkie:
And the relationship between the famed Brazilian fighter and the promotion may be on the uptick now that she’s fighting for the newly vacant women’s featherweight title next month. To go along with that, UFC President Dana White is willing to admit the promotion needed to try to right some wrongs when it comes to “Cyborg.”
“She’s had a rough go here in the UFC,” White recently told MMAjunkie in an exclusive sit-down interview. “She hasn’t been thrilled with things that have been said, things that have been done. And to be honest with you, we’ve made some mistakes when it comes to ‘Cyborg.’ So the least we can do is get our (expletive) together and get this woman a fight for the title.”
“We signed ‘Cyborg,’ we made a commitment to ‘Cyborg,’ and not everything is easy and not everything is as fun as other divisions or whatever, but we made a commitment to this woman,” White said.