Will Unheralded Felicia Spencer Teach Amanda Nunes a Lesson at UFC 250?

Some unsolicited advice to middle-school students in Florida: Get your homework in on time. Because your docile online math teacher just might be a badass MMA fighter, too…

Some unsolicited advice to middle-school students in Florida: Get your homework in on time. Because your docile online math teacher just might be a badass MMA fighter, too…

3 Ways Felicia Spencer Can Beat Amanda Nunes at UFC 250

OK, let’s address the elephant in the room. Felicia Spencer is not only fighting the reigning UFC featherweight champion this weekend in Las Vegas, she’s also fighting a consensus pick as history’s greatest female mixed martial artist…

OK, let’s address the elephant in the room. Felicia Spencer is not only fighting the reigning UFC featherweight champion this weekend in Las Vegas, she’s also fighting a consensus pick as history’s greatest female mixed martial artist…

Cris Cyborg: Dana White Never Respected Me

Cris CyborgCris Cyborg believes UFC president Dana White never respected her. Cyborg departed the UFC last year following a public spat with White which led to her release. She has since joined Bellator where she became the women’s featherweight champion in January following her impressive TKO win over Julia Budd. Reflecting on her time with the […]

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Cris Cyborg believes UFC president Dana White never respected her.

Cyborg departed the UFC last year following a public spat with White which led to her release. She has since joined Bellator where she became the women’s featherweight champion in January following her impressive TKO win over Julia Budd.

Reflecting on her time with the UFC, the Brazilian believes she never truly earned the respect of White before or after she joined the Las Vegas-based promotion.

“Before I went to the UFC, Dana White did not respect me,” Cyborg told MiddleEasy. “My fans put me (in the UFC). I think, with everything I did outside the UFC, before I went to the UFC I was already Cyborg. Everyone already knew me, everyone in the world knew who I am. I got the opportunity to fight in the UFC after this, but still they had problems.

“I always thought things were going to change. You know, maybe one day, if people met me in person, I thought that would change (their minds). But it didn’t change. I’m still doing my job. I fought before they had my division in the UFC. I fought at catchweight, and I had a lot of struggles but (support from my fans) made me keep going.”

Although things never improved relationship-wise with White, Cyborg has no regrets about her time with the UFC.

Instead, she is happy to have moved on and has no problems at Bellator where she already had a positive relationship with president Scott Coker from their Strikeforce days.

“I don’t know (where things went wrong with Dana White), and I don’t have to know,” Cyborg added. “I’m glad I worked with him, but it’s just business, you know? If he doesn’t like me personally or whatever, I’m not the first and I’m not the last one he’s had problems with. I’m just glad I don’t have to deal with this everyday anymore.

“(Scott Coker) treats his fighters different. You never see Scott blame any fighters online, or his team. You never see Bellator do that, because they know they need us for the events. The fighters make the events happen, and that deserves respect.”

What do you make of Cyborg’s latest comments?

Cris Cyborg Reveals The Worst Thing About Losing To Amanda Nunes

Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg has gone into detail on the worst thing about her loss to Amanda Nunes. Cyborg was the reigning UFC women’s featherweight title holder. She took on Nunes back in Dec. 2018. Nunes was the w…

Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg has gone into detail on the worst thing about her loss to Amanda Nunes. Cyborg was the reigning UFC women’s featherweight title holder. She took on Nunes back in Dec. 2018. Nunes was the women’s bantamweight champion going into the bout, so she was looking for “champ-champ” status. She […]

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EXCLUSIVE | Cris Cyborg Reveals Plans For Boxing Debut In 2020

Cris CyborgCris Cyborg guarantees fans will see her transition into boxing at some point and revealed plans were in place for her to make a boxing debut this year. Cyborg has some of the best hands in all of MMA and her ability to cross over into boxing has long been talked about. Most notably two […]

Cris Cyborg

Cris Cyborg guarantees fans will see her transition into boxing at some point and revealed plans were in place for her to make a boxing debut this year.

Cyborg has some of the best hands in all of MMA and her ability to cross over into boxing has long been talked about. Most notably two years ago when she sparred world champion boxer Claressa Shields and looked good doing so – check out the video here.

Speaking exclusively to LowKickMMA Cyborg explained how the plan was to make her boxing debut in the next few months but those plans are currently up in the air due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, she said.

“We had hoped to make a boxing debut this summer especially after Audie and Paradigm signed Manny Pacquiao to the management company, however the health pandemic has really put a pause to a lot of things.  We will see when, but 100% fans are going to see me in the boxing ring before I stop fighting.” 

With her fighting career currently on pause, Cyborg is simply trying to enjoy her time in lockdown while staying in the best shape possible, she explained.

“I have been enjoying the time with my family and worship. In regards to fitness I have been maintaining my social distance which means I have not been doing any BJJ, Wrestling, Muay Thai, or Boxing training with any partners besides my daughter.  I know a lot of people have the same situation as me right now, which is why every Thursday I’ve been leading a WOD with my fans at home live on my youtube channel.  If you are on TikTok I have finally given into my daughter and joined that as well.”

How do you think Cris Cyborg will do when she transitions into boxing?

EXCLUSIVE | Cris Cyborg On Why She Dislikes The UFC’s Treatment Of Tony Ferguson

Cris CyborgCris Cyborg has explained why she called out the UFC for mistreating lightweight contender Tony Ferguson amid the postponement of UFC 249 last week. The Bellator featherweight champion Cyborg hit out at the UFC on social media for failing to notify UFC 249 main event fighter Ferguson the event had been scrapped. ‘El Cucuy instead […]

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Cris Cyborg has explained why she called out the UFC for mistreating lightweight contender Tony Ferguson amid the postponement of UFC 249 last week.

The Bellator featherweight champion Cyborg hit out at the UFC on social media for failing to notify UFC 249 main event fighter Ferguson the event had been scrapped. ‘El Cucuy instead found out in the middle of the interview, which seemed unfair considering everything he had put into making the April 18 event.

MMA legend Cyborg took to social media and slammed the UFC. “I feel the biggest difference working with @BellatorMMA is the change in culture. @TonyFergusonXT deserved to find out before the media.”

Speaking exclusively to LowKickMMA Cyborg explained why she decided to speak out and how her own experiences with the UFC factored into the decision, she said.

“I dealt with a similar scenario finding out on Twitter that UFC 232 was being moved from Las Vegas to California and I was the Co Main event. I know the stress that goes into friends, families, sponsors, etc.  I also know the investment fighting takes financially to compete and as a partner feel the athlete should be given notice before Twitter.”

A week later Cyborg stands by her comments. The Brazilian power puncher took time out to praise Bellator and it’s President Scott Coker, she said.

“Scott Coker has proven himself in combat sports both as a promoter and as a martial artist.  He is a hard worker and has surrounded himself with other amazing employees.

“From the bottom to the top there is a different feeling of family within the organization.  It almost feels like having gone from being an employee at a franchise restaurant where you are just a number to becoming an employee at a family ran restaurant where everyone knows your name and everyone is looking out for each other.  My experience has been that the culture of Bellator MMA makes it much easier to bring forward my own ideas or concerns and that they are supported and valued when expressed.  For a female athlete, these types of things are priceless. 

This culture of valuing the athlete has been most apparent to Cyborg during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Bellator have moved to postpone all planned events and compensated it’s fighters and staff in the meantime.

“I like how Bellator MMA was up front with the athletes and communicated clearly that there would be a break from competition.  This allowed the athletes to focus on their family and proceed by the social distancing guidelines, instead of having them mentally, physically, and financially preparing for a fight that inevitably was going to be canceled or postponed. I like seeing Scott Coker focus on the health of the athlete and it gives me confidence that when competition returns Bellator MMA will have a system in place to ensure fighter safety.”

Do you agree with Cris Cyborg? Should the UFC notify fighters of event changes before telling the media?