Former UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Cyborg last competed in the co-main event of UFC 240, where she defeated Felicia Spencer by unanimous decision.
That bout was the last for Cyborg’s UFC contract, but before the fighter is willing to re-sign with the UFC, one thing she does want is public apologies from UFC President Dana White and UFC color commentator Joe Rogan.
“Of course he has to apologize,” Cyborg says on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (via Jed Meshew of MMA Fighting). “He has family, he has kids and I think if he wants to be honest, he’s supposed to do this. I don’t know if he has a heart, but what he’s doing is not just [affecting] me. He’s [affecting] people around me, my family. It’s not right. When you’re doing these type fo things, there’s no avoiding my family. He’s [affected] them. . . [And it must be in ] public. It’s easy to talk [in private] like Joe Rogan. Joe Rogan said ‘I’m sorry’ when there were no cameras, just by myself. No, you want to talk about me, how I have a dick, you have to talk in public. You’re not a man, to me you’re not a man. If Joe Rogan a man, he will say I am sorry in public, like what he said. Not coming behind in the room and talk to me in my ear. ‘I’m sorry.’ This is not type of man that I know.”
Rogan has been criticized through social media for his apparent one sided calling of Cyborg’s UFC 240 bout, while White has been critical of Cyborg at times for many years now.
Cyborg also has issues with how the UFC contracts work out because she would like to fight more frequently.
“The minimum contract [offer] was six fights,” Cyborg said. “But the problem, the UFC puts me in fights one time a year. Who am I going to fight after Amanda? If you don’t want to make the deal - a one-fight deal, no extension, just the rematch and I’m free - I don’t have any problem to make the fight. Now they want to give me a contract with six fights, at one time per year, imagine how long I’m gonna be in the UFC. And then my brand is not growing because I’m gonna fight one time per year and they’re not helping my name growing, just damage. This is no help for me. We have to fix the money too. And I told that to Dana White’s face. Man, you’re not gonna get the rematch if you pay the money you guys are paying for six fights.”
There has been no public apology from either White or Rogan as of this writing.