WARNING: Post contains images of injury stemming from an assault.
Former Invicta FC standout Cindy Dandois was reportedly the victim of an assault in Antwerp, Belgium, last Friday.
The 35-year-old told Het Laatste Nieuws that an ex-boyfriend allegedly attacked her outside of her home in Deurne, a district of Antwerp. According to Dandois, the man—who is also an MMA fighter—had a history of aggressive behavior and was upset about their breakup.
“He did not accept that I want to move on and just stay friends,” Dandois said. “It’s jealousy. He threatened me all the time, but I never took his threats seriously. Until he comes to my door.”
According to witnesses, Dandois’s attacker used a key during the assault, resulting in cuts to her face. She shared images of her injuries on social media, though her post does not mention details of the incident.
Sorry to announce I will be out of my fight this weekend at Fightclub Den Haag 7 stitches and a broken nose are the reason for that. Pray for a good and quick recovery. I will be backPosted by Cindy Dandois on Friday, November 22, 2019
“It will be a scar for life,” Dandois told Het Laatste Nieuws. “I hope that they can straighten my nose. I should have taken his threats seriously from the beginning, but I always hoped he would calm down. Wrong.”
A 10-year veteran with a 15-5 pro record who has competed for the UFC, Bellator, and Cage Warriors, Dandois was forced to miss a competition this past weekend and is currently scheduled to headline a show in Athens, Greece, on Dec. 15. “I hope to be restored in time for the next fight,” she said.
Dandois declined to name her attacker and it is unclear whether she will press any formal charges. At the moment, it sounds as if she would prefer that the matter be resolved discreetly.
“We are all human beings, we all make mistakes,” Dandois said. “I hope he realizes it and pulls himself together. He does not have to be sent to prison. Leave me alone, that’s all. In any case, I’m not going to get myself down. I’m not one to mope in a crying corner. Fortunately, I’m still here. It could have ended otherwise.”