The already tenuous relationship between Cris Cyborg and UFC president Dana White has completely broken down in recent weeks, resulting in White waiving the UFC’s exclusive negotiation and matching rights in Cyborg’s contract so that the former featherweight champion can become an unrestricted free agent.
There’s plenty of blame go around, and according to UFC broadcast member Joe Rogan, it’s not all on the fighter and the boss.
White publicly announced that he was through with the Cyborg business after a video appeared on her social media that showed a backstage conversation with White, a clip that did not paint him in a flattering light. The video has since been deleted and Cyborg issued an apology to White, saying that it was her production team who were primarily responsible for the misrepresentation.
It’s a theory that Rogan agrees has some weight.
“They f*cked up. Cyborg’s team,” Rogan said during a conversation with Brendan Schaub on the Joe Rogan Experience. “Whoever did it, whether it’s her boyfriend or whoever it was that edited that video, that lied and put words in his mouth, is so f*cking stupid.
“You don’t think that they’re going to do something about that? You’re out of your goddamn mind. When they edited that video to say that “whenever I’m talking in public I’m not telling the truth,” which is not what he said at all, and then to have it edited and cut right there…”
Schaub then interrupted Rogan to add that there is no way White would have such a sensitive conversation with Cyborg knowing that there were cameras everywhere. He described White as being too smart for that.
Another point of contention for Rogan actually involves the comedian’s own history with Cyborg. Back in 2015, Rogan made crude remarks about Cyborg’s gender the fighter has recently been outspoken about bullying and wanting White to apologize to her for making similar comments before she joined the UFC.
As far as Rogan is concerned, that issue with Cyborg in the past.
“But also they did was they’re bringing back shit that happened five years ago,” Rogan said. “Cyborg was saying she wanted an apology from me. And I don’t think it was that she wanted an apology from me, I think it was her boyfriend or someone on the team. I apologized to her, me and her, no one around, face to face, and I took a photo with her afterwards. There’s a photo of me and her on my Instagram.
“She started fighting in the UFC. She hadn’t fought in the UFC before and I said, ‘Hey, I’m sorry about the jokes. I promise no more jokes,’ and I said, ‘I’m actually a fan of yours and I want you to succeed in the UFC and I wish you the best of luck.’ I go, ‘ No hard feelings?’
“She goes, ‘No, those jokes kind of hurt my feelings.’
“I said, ‘I’m sorry. No more jokes.’ I gave her a hug. We took a picture together.”
Schaub echoed Rogan’s assessment of the situation, noting that regardless of who is responsible, he doesn’t believe butting heads with the brass was ever going to go well for Cyborg.
“I like Cyborg, a nice person,” Schaub said. “And I don’t think Cyborg’s a bad person. I think her management and the way they’ve handled things have completely f*cked her. I think her going to battle with the UFC was the worst thing and it’s not her.”
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