Three months ago, Cris Cyborg released a documentary video, leading up to her UFC debut fight with Leslie Smith. The video focused on what it takes for her to make 140 pounds. It was a horror show, where she literally almost died trying to make the weight. MMA fans saw the documentary and rallied for her. Dana White was bombarded with messages, demanding he make a UFC featherweight division for the most imposing female fighter on the planet.
Apparently he listened. Dana went on the ufcunfiltered.com podcast and revealed that he did in fact, try to create a women’s featherweight division.
“I offered her a title fight at 145 pounds a month ago. She had 8 weeks to get ready for it, she said she couldn’t make the weight. She said she couldn’t make 145. So, then I offered her another 145 title fight for Brooklyn and she turned it down.”
White said he offered Holly Holm as an opponent, but Cyborg said she couldn’t make 145 in eight weeks. As far as the Iron Lady, Germaine de Randamie, White said there was no excuse, she just turned it down. Cyborg responded with a statement to mmafighting.com, basically saying, she is dealing with depression and trauma relating to her last brutal weight cut. She is thinking about her health, before all else. The most viscous female fighter in the world isn’t running from anything, other than taking years off of her life for a paycheck.
Dana White has a propensity for spitting fire and getting people riled up, as he did on UFC Unfiltered. He’s a promoter, that is his job and he does it well. But, the fact remains that Cyborg IS willing to fight at 145. Fans will just have to wait until she feels that her mind and body are right.
Watch Cris Cyborg’s entire controversial documentary right here: