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It has been widely reported that Cris Cyborg and her management declined a superfight with Ronda Rousey due to Cyborg's inability to make 135. However, Mike Chiapetta reveals that the real reason was money and the right contract.

In the fall of 2012, Mike Dolce flew out to Southern California to meet with Cris Cyborg.

From what he heard and saw, he was confident in telling her she could easily make the weight. By the time Dolce and Cyborg shook hands and parted, Dolce believed they were on the same page. Cyborg told him she would just have to speak to her management, Tito Ortiz and George Prajin of Primetime 360. But as time passed, a follow-up call never came.

Instead, the next time he heard his name in connection with Cyborg, it was in the media, with Tito Ortiz saying it was impossible for Cyborg to make 135 pounds. Dolce could only scratch his head.

"As a professional, I stand on my resume," Dolce told MMA Fighting. "If she had done the things necessary in November, December and January, it would have been easy for her to make 135 in February."

The biggest issue, according to Cyborg's management firm, was Zuffa treating Cyborg as a bit player rather than an event co-star.

"Every pay-per-view megafight requires two participants, and they weren't giving Cris her just credit," said Prajin. "They were compensating Ronda like she was the only attraction of the fight."

Prajin told MMA Fighting that Cyborg would have attempted the drop to 135 if the sides struck a deal, but a contract fell apart because the money was not right, and because the two sides could never get past the fact that Zuffa insisted on an eight-fight contract.

"We may make it seem like it's more about money, but it's more about respect," Prajin said. "Cris is a humble person. She doesn't drive a fancy car. She beat Gina Carano and proved she was the best at that time, and she got nothing out of it. She got a gold belt around her waist. She told us, 'Hey, I don't care about the UFC.' She knows in her heart people know she's the best. She'll go to Invicta, Japan. She doesn't have anything to prove to anyone. Ronda may hear she's the best in the world, but she has to go to bed at night knowing that's not true until she fights Cris."

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5/9/13 10:06 AM
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Ronda was getting paid more.....  but it's not about money ....

 

5/9/13 10:10 AM
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*shakes head* Ronda is living rent free in Cyborgs head. Phone Post 3.0
5/9/13 10:12 AM
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At least Tito's been busy making cyborg tshirts lyk he use to ... He has his uses ... Phone Post 3.0
5/9/13 10:14 AM
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Rhonda should just ask for the fight. She is the best, right? Cris Cyborg is her biggest challenge. Dana and Rhonda know it, and need too step up.
5/9/13 10:20 AM
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All those articles, all the threads and posts. The managers insisting this , the doctors claiming that. They were lies. Something something motherhood. Words words words never used testosterone. Yeah, right.
5/9/13 10:22 AM
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Another bullshit dana story. He could have made the fight if he wanted to. But he would just look stupid if his girlftiend would lose. Dana is a fucking idiot and people continue to buy into his bullshit Phone Post
5/9/13 10:24 AM
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RevDaniel - All those articles, all the threads and posts. The managers insisting this , the doctors claiming that. They were lies. Something something motherhood. Words words words never used testosterone. Yeah, right.

Exactly. What a way to make the fans look like bloody idiots.

Remember the avid defenders of how SUPER immposible could her weigh-cut be? They need to get on with the times now and become the avid defenders of the $Anderson Silva MONEY$
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mijo - Rhonda should just ask for the fight. She is the best, right? Cris Cyborg is her biggest challenge. Dana and Rhonda know it, and need too step up.

This is the Fedor situation all over again.  She thinks her value is higher than the UFC thinks her value is.

I don't know who's right, but I'm pretty sure we won't see this fight while it's relevant.

5/9/13 10:38 AM
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I really hope we never see cyborg on the mats again.
5/9/13 10:40 AM
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dannyapodaca -  Another bullshit dana story. He could have made the fight if he wanted to. But he would just look stupid if his girlftiend would lose. Dana is a fucking idiot and people continue to buy into his bullshit Phone Post

Cyborg's camp insisted before that it was physically impossible for her to make 135 without damaging her health. But now that's a nonissue, and the deal was turned down simply because she was disrespected by the UFC? I agree with clattymine. This fight will probably never happen, because Tito and Cyborg believe they hold all the power. Problem is that if she loses in the future, she loses the little bit of leverage she has now.
5/9/13 10:42 AM
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so she lied about not being able to make 135?

 

duly noted

5/9/13 10:49 AM
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tito and cyroid are banging for sure
5/9/13 10:51 AM
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Thread full of white knights. Phone Post 3.0
5/9/13 10:54 AM
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Cyborg asking for a "men's purse". Oh, the irony.
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This makes her look ten times worse.  If she had simply said they could not reach a contract agreement then it would have been all fine.  Making up bullshit about how it would be impossible to cut weight, then leaving the UFC, then claim Rousey is ducking her just makes her look like a fool and a liar.  Roiders gonna roid.

"If you aren't cheating, you aren't trying" --Tito Ortiz

5/9/13 10:58 AM
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oh man, the guyborg nut huggers are on suicide watch

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jkkazmier - I really hope we never see cyborg on the mats again.
This. Really need to stop reporting every time she says something. She's been saying the same shit for too long now. So tired of it, just let her go away already. Phone Post 3.0
5/9/13 11:06 AM
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Wow.  You have to further question her mgmt since this guy just outed his client as a liar.  And they're still bringing up beating Gina as proof of her skill?  while roided to the gills? Nutty.  These guys are taking a bad situation and digging a deeper hole.  Luckily she's too blind to notice

And no you don't need two people making crazy money for a ufc main event, look at Carmouche.  

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Not this shit again... Get off the roids, drop some muscle and make 135. Phone Post 3.0
5/9/13 11:20 AM
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UFC pretty much just needs to go ahead and add a 145 division, so if Cyborg wins They'll have fights for her that keep everyone happy. That or take the risk and give Cyborg a shorter contract.
5/9/13 11:28 AM
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UFC pretty much just needs to go ahead and add a 145 division, so if Cyborg wins They'll have fights for her that keep everyone happy. That or take the risk and give Cyborg a shorter contract.

Well the whole point of the article was to show that the weight cut wasn't the issue.  So adding a 145 division would solve nothing.  It would be interesting though to see what excuse her and Tito could come up with after the division was added and she still doesnt sign.

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To Cyborg's manager Your fighter got caught cheating. She isn't a main card player because people associate her wins with her being way bigger and stronger than her opponents. And she was caught doping. She is neither charismatic nor a fan favorite. 

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Go away. I'm done hearing excuses. You want respect and money then earn it and get in there. Until then shut your mouth its getting old Phone Post
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dannyapodaca -  Another bullshit dana story. He could have made the fight if he wanted to. But he would just look stupid if his girlftiend would lose. Dana is a fucking idiot and people continue to buy into his bullshit Phone Post

Cyborg's camp insisted before that it was physically impossible for her to make 135 without damaging her health. But now that's a nonissue, and the deal was turned down simply because she was disrespected by the UFC? I agree with clattymine. This fight will probably never happen, because Tito and Cyborg believe they hold all the power. Problem is that if she loses in the future, she loses the little bit of leverage she has now.

An 8 fight contract is ridiculous.  if she would win her first, she'd be UFC champ and stuck in that contract for the next 7 fights, which is nearly 4 years at the pace Dana has his champs fight.


Okay. If this dispute was just over the terms of the contract, tell the public that. Say you couldn't come to an agreement right now and you're fighting elsewhere. Instead we get nonsense about her health being in jeopardy at 135. And how she could never have kids in the future.

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