Dana White sure does have an interesting way of promoting his fighters.
This weekend, Cris Cyborg makes her return to the octagon for the first time since losing her UFC featherweight title to Amanda Nunes last December. The former champion will be taking on undefeated featherweight Felicia Spencer in the co-main event at UFC 240. And while normally you’d expect the President of the UFC to be promoting the woman about to co-headline a Pay-Per-View event, instead UFC President Dana White is calling into question the mettle of his former featherweight champion.
Speaking recently with TMZ Sports, White addressed what would be next for Nunes, saying that the current champ-champ wants a rematch with Cyborg but that he believes Cyborg doesn’t want to take the fight.
“She wants Cyborg,” White said. “She wants the Cyborg fight. I don’t think Cyborg wants that fight. I think it’s pretty obvious why she wouldn’t want that fight: it’s not a good fight for her. It’s a bad fight for her, and I get it.”
That last part, at least, has proven to be true. When the two met at UFC 232, Nunes ran through Cyborg in only 51 seconds. However, since then, Cyborg has repeatedly made it clear that she wants the rematch, even calling for it immediately after her loss. It was White who wasn’t interested in running the fight back. Since then, Cyborg and White have been embroiled in a public feud with White saying Cyborg refused a rematch offer and Cyborg saying that is completely untrue.
Still, with a title shot presumptively on the line this weekend, you might think the leading MMA promoter would be promoting one of his biggest draws, but instead he opined that Cyborg is afraid of losing again so she is refusing to fight Nunes - something that surely makes her bout with Felicia Spencer seem fraught with peril and worth paying $65 for. He did, however, imply that should Cyborg beat Spencer this weekend, the UFC is still interested in doing the Nunes rematch next.
“I don’t think she’s afraid,” White said. “She’s been fighting for a long time and I think she’s at the point where she’s afraid to lose again. Losing again isn’t something she’s interested in.
“She doesn’t want to fight her. Amanda wants it, we want it, she doesn’t want it.”
Cris Cyborg faces Felicia Spencer in the co-main event of UFC 240 this Saturday in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
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Jon pretty cavalier about all this.
I’m definitely not in any trouble my friend, don’t be so quick to believe everything you read on the Internet. https://t.co/d3GPuRDfpb— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 22, 2019
I know there’s a whole bunch of people hoping for my downfall but there’s even more who are proud of me and love seeing me do well. And screw staying inside, I love this community.. excited to keep climbing, haters going to be mad when I win in December https://t.co/dmTH0x2Grv— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 22, 2019
Colby with an A+ troll.
A lot of pundits trying to tarnish the good name of my buddy @jonnybones. Can we take a moment & acknowledge: A) At least this time the woman he hit wasn’t pregnant B) Jon was mature enough not to strike her with a car at high speed while intoxicated. Hes making progress people! https://t.co/hRm5BJhnjC— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) July 22, 2019
So last week it was his past like he was a changed man. This morning we see he's still the same ol 'Can't get right'...from pregnant woman to strippers. @JonnyBones deserves a Grammy for his acting skills, cuz he selling the media that changed man roll like Denzel. #ufc #phony https://t.co/8eetgJE81Y pic.twitter.com/k9rilACdna— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) July 22, 2019
I mean, they do work when you are someone other than Leon Edwards.
When are these dummies learn that demands don’t work?? That being said I think Edwards vs Masvidal next https://t.co/7P8qwcGI79— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) July 22, 2019
Sounds like Ortega is accepting the Korean Zombie fight.
Lineker ready to get busy.
Plus side of losing is much fewer interviews— Juan Adams UFC (@chosenjuan285) July 22, 2019
Old man yelling at the clouds.
The biggest difference between the fighters of today and the pioneers is the pioneers really just wanted to fight— phil baroni (@philbaroni) July 21, 2019
It was the one-armed man.
Getting that work in, slight setback this injury but will back in there in no time. pic.twitter.com/isaRyVPchx— Nathaniel wood (@TheProspectMMA) July 22, 2019
EA MMA can’t keep up with all the fighters who want in on the game.
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