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Cris Cyborg battery case dismissed after fine, anger management course

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Cris Cyborg is in the clear with regards to her legal issues.

The UFC women’s featherweight champion issued a submittal plea in Las Vegas Municipal Court after being cited for battery last year in an incident involving fellow fighter Angela Magaña, a court spokesperson confirmed with MMA Fighting. Cyborg paid a $398 fine and the case was recently dismissed.

On her website, CrisCyborg.com, an article written states that Cyborg also completed an anger management course. A submittal plea in Nevada allows first-time offenders to have misdemeanor charges dismissed — it’s not an admission of guilt as much as an acceptance of the charge.

“The entire experience was a learning opportunity,” Cyborg told her website. “After the completion of my Anger Management class, I feel I have gained additional tools which will help me make better decisions on how to handle the negative effects of online bullying and harassment within the work place. I am glad to move forward from the experience and have already started to create a national anti bullying program which I hope will help others dealing with similar examples of online bullying to find positive outcomes while empowering them with the self confidence it requires to move past the experience.”

Cyborg, the consensus top women’s fighter in the world, was cited for battery by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in May 2017 after she allegedly struck Magaña with a punch to the face during the UFC Athlete Retreat. The incident was in retaliation to what Cyborg has referred to as bullying by Magaña on social media, including an offensive meme created of a photo of Cyborg visiting children battling cancer at a hospital.

At the time, TMZ reported that Magaña went to the hospital following the altercation and was treated for a cut on the inside of her lip. Magaña, who fights at strawweight, three divisions below Cyborg, told police that doctors treated her for an acute head injury and cervical strain, TMZ reported.

Cyborg, 32, is coming off a first-round TKO of Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 in March. She won the vacant UFC women’s featherweight title last July. Magaña, 34, was released by the UFC following a second-round TKO loss to Amanda Bobby Cooper at UFC 218 in December, her third straight loss in the promotion.