It is well known by now that Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino clocked Angela Magana at the UFC fighters retreat, it was payback for some negative things Magana said about Cyborg through social media.
According to UFC President Dana White, the Brazilian committed assault when she punched Magana.
“This is the real world. Now, when you’re in that Octagon, almost anything goes. When you’re in a f--king fighter retreat, nothing goes. You can’t put your hands on another human being outside of the Octagon. It’s assault, you will get arrested, in the fight world we all love to get caught up in the ‘hey, you know what, she had a big mouth and she needed a smack in the mouth’ thing, but it doesn’t work that way in real life,” White said on UFC Unfiltered.
Cyborg was cited for misdemeanor assault for the incident, while Magana has promised further legal action against the fighter.
White does admit that it is possible to cyber bully a fighter, especially fighters who are active on social media.
“Can you cyberbully fighters? Can you cyberbully a fighter?” White asked. “Hey, listen, if you have social media, you’re being cyberbullied. There’s nothing, there’s nowhere, nobody, I don’t care what kind of star you are, male, female whatever it is. It’s a place where freaks who can hide behind, most of them are on private, they can have that kind of stuff, private accounts, which I don’t think is right. Instagram should change that. If you’re private, you should only get messages from people that follow you. It’s ridiculous.”