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Cris Cyborg responds to 'scared' Germaine de Randamie: 'She’s running'

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It didn’t take long for Cris Cyborg to fire back at Germaine de Randamie’s team.

Moments after the UFC featherweight champion’s manager Brian Butler told MMA Fighting that de Randamie would refuse to fight Cyborg, a “known and proven cheater”, the Brazilian reacted.

"She’s running, scared to enter the Octagon with me,” Cyborg told MMA Fighting. "That’s another one of her excuses to not enter the Octagon with me. That’s really not my problem, it’s the UFC’s (problem).

"And she’s also stating that USADA is not legit."

A former champion in Strikeforce and Invicta FC, Cyborg tested positive for stanozolol in 2011, and was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission.

The Brazilian was provisionally suspended earlier last December by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), but was later granted a retroactive therapeutic exemption (TUE) for spironolactone and didn’t face any suspension.

"If that is the only fight the UFC wants," de Randamie's manager said, "then Germaine is willing to wait and see if the UFC will strip her belt before making her next move.”

Asked if the UFC should strip de Randamie of her UFC belt, Cyborg left that decision to the promotion.

"That decision is totally out of my reach,” Cyborg said. "I’m the world champion, undefeated for 10 years. With or without a belt. My fans follow Cris Cyborg. She’s the champion the UFC made. It’s their problem now."

The UFC has yet to announce what’s next for both fighters, but Cyborg said "the UFC confirmed to my manager that I’m fighting at UFC 214.”

UFC 214 is scheduled to take place at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on July 29, and is headlined by a rematch between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones for the light heavyweight championship.

“That's in Dana (White’s) hands,” Cyborg said when asked who she’s fighting at UFC 214. “The correct fight would be against No. 2 featherweight, Megan Anderson."

UPDATE: Cyborg sent the following statement on the situation.

I was the first athlete to do over a year of testing with USADA BEFORE officially fighting in the UFC.

USADA granted me a Therapeutic usage after a 60 day investigation with compliance from myself and both their doctors and my own.

Who is GDR? She struggled to make 200k PPV buys with Holly Holm and Anderson Silvia fighting!! Megan Anderson is twice as popular as her and doesn't have losses against Julia Budd and Amanda Nunes.

GDR is an example of why rankings need to be independently established and respected. She won the belt fighting someone who has now lost 3 in a row and was ranked #10 at 135lbs. I don't see how someone ranked #10 at 135lbs is getting a title shot. Someone with back to back losses should never be fighting for the belt either. I'm world champion. GDR is UFC champion.

I am the true world champion at 145 with Julia Budd and Megan Anderson the next Contenders.

I can respect GDR saying she doesn't want to fight me, but she knows I'm clean with the USADA guarantee and she is just searching for air. I think maybe she's disappointed with the money her manager is getting her and trying to use this for negotiation.