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Cris ‘Cyborg’ Blows Up Over UFC Featherweight Title Fight Snub

“I’m tired of working for a boss who doesn’t like me”

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Cris “Cyborg” Justino’s Tuesday started out well with her becoming an American citizen. Then, Dana White and the UFC helped it take a quick turn for the worse.

It was announced yesterday that the UFC will hold the inaugural female Featherweight Championship bout at UFC 208 on February 11 between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie, which Justino took as a huge slap to the face. As you know, Justino has fought featherweight for most of her career and is widely considered the best 145-pound women’s fighter in the world. She’s simply been competing at catchweight in the UFC – where she has defeated both of her opponents by TKO – because she had no other options.

Justino released a statement to FOX Sports in which she said the news of her not being a part of the first featherweight title fight was “no surprise” and that it has always been personal between her and White. She also went on a lengthy Twitter rant about, well, everything.


It’s worth noting that White reportedly offered Justino fights on at least two different dates. She declined, but only because she wanted the fight to be pushed back until March to give her body time to rest following a brutal weight cut in September.

In response, White made it clear to ESPN that she was offered three fights: “This is a business,” he said. “I had two girls who wanted to fight for the 145-pound title. This is the pros. If you play for the Patriots, you don’t sit around and say, ‘I don’t feel like playing this weekend.”

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