Tito: I don’t want weight cut to kill Cyborg
Tito Oritz is retired as a fighter, but is just getting warm as a manager. His major client at present is former Stikeforce women’s featherweight champion Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos.
The UFC will shortly debut a 135 lb. women’s division, and would love a superfight with Cris Cyborg vs. UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey, but it would have to be at 135.
Cyborg’s camp initialy said that following a meeting with her doctors, Santos will not be able to make the 135 lb weight division.
Then UFC president Dana White said that the promotion would assist Santos in making the required cut to 135.
“She can get to this weight,” said White. “We have an expert who can help you lose weight in a healthy way. We have Mike Dolce, who has wrestlers lose weight and still feel good and it’s all about your diet. He is 100 percent ready to work with her and will not cost anything to Cris.”
“Cyborg needs to get on the boat. If she wants to fight in the UFC, she’ll have to fight this category of 135 pounds. The stupidest thing about it is that she has Tito Ortiz as his manager.”
Now Tito says Cyborg could indeed make the cut to 135, but he doesn’t want it to kill her.
“She wants the fight with Ronda, but the biggest challenge and the biggest obstacle for us is getting down to 135,” said Ortiz. “You know, Ronda’s fought at 145 for her whole career besides her last fights, and ‘Cyborg’s’ fought her whole career at 145. She doesn’t know what it feels like to get down to 135.”
“For a woman, it’s very difficult. For a man it’s easier. There’s no fat on that woman. She walks at 170, 172, naturally, and for her to cut down for 135 for that one, its physically unhealthy. As a former UFC fighter, wrestler, I’ve been cutting weight for over 20 years and I’ve been dieting for over 20 years. I feed myself, I do my own diet, I did the right things in my career to cut the weight. There’s times in my career where I cut 25 pounds for weight, but as a man, that’s OK, because I can have three percent body fat. For a woman, that’s unhealthy. A woman can’t be under 12 percent body fat. Because for them, they’re missing their menstrual cycles.”
“I want to make sure as a manager to make the right decision for my fighters’ future, health wise. I don’t want her dying because of cutting too much weight, we’ve seen that happen before in college wrestling. I want to make sure that doesn’t happen under the UFC, someone under my wing, under my name, I don’t want that to happen. If UFC can make it happen, Mike Dolce can make it happen, Cris Cyborg is going to fight Ronda Rousey. “