White: Cyborg could have fought in Invicta AND been in UFC
At the UFC on FUEL 7 post fight media scrum, UFC president Dana White expressed puzzlement over the decision by Cris "Cyborg" Santos's management to get out of a UFC contract and sign with Invicta, when Santos could have done both.
The announcement was made by Cyborg's manager, UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz, during an incohesive press conference. Ortiz spoke at some length, at one point confusing the name of his client with that of UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey. At one point Cyborg stripped off her sweat shirt to reveal a tee reading "Ronda will be my b----" and then weighed herself, declaring her weight was 160. Ortiz thanked the UFC for releasing Cyborg from her contract, as it enabled the former Strikeforce Women's Featherweight Champion to sign with Invicta.
But White says she could have done both.
"So we were going to sign her to a contract and we were going to have her fight in Invicta, which means we pay all the bills for her to fight in Invicta," said White. "It would be under a UFC contract with all the perks and benefits of being a UFC fighter and would fight in Invicta. So instead of doing that they chose to not do that and fight in Invicta. If you can make logic out of that whole f—king situation, you're a better man than I am."
"We don't have a 145 pound division so we're going back and forth with these guys and this deal, so I called the girl Shannon Knapp who owns Invicta and said look if I do this deal with Cyborg and you give her fights over there, I'll pay the bills you put on the fights over there till I can figure out how this whole thing's going to go down. She goes absolutely no problem, we'd love to do it."
"The next thing I know they want out of the contract and then they sign with them."
So now Cyborg is fighting for invicta, and could still be signed by the UFC at some point, but they are paying no bills for her.
"Thanks Tito," said White with a laugh.
Cyborg will make her Invicta FC debut against streaking submission ace and Unified Women’s Professional MMA Rankings world No. 2 featherweight Ediane “India” Gomes of Coconut Creek, Fla. via Sao Paulo, Brazil at the promotion’s highly-anticipated, world championship doubleheader event at Ameristar Casino Hotel Kansas City on Friday, April 5.
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