Cris Cyborg is a fundamental pillar in the foundation of women’s MMA. Since her professional debut as a 19-year-old in 2005, Cyborg has been one of the most influential fighters in the entire sport. After four years with UFC, she left the company for rival Bellator MMA, where she is the current Bellator Women’s Featherweight champion.
Recently, Cyborg had some choice words for her former employer. After MMAFighting.com tweeted out that the UFC earnings report showed the best 9-month period in the history of the company, she lashed out on Twitter. She believes UFC will lose their top fighters if they don’t start paying them more.
“U Fight Cheap. More and more big names going to leave and be replaced with contender series contracts”
Cyborg also responded to fans who were critical of her post. One Twitter user simply called her “salty.” Cyborg said that kind of reaction confuses her.
“It always blows my mind how fans want the UFC to make more money and the fighters less.”
Other fans mocked Cyborg. They said she didn’t leave the UFC because of money, that she left because she couldn’t compete with the higher level of fighters. Bellator is seen by many as a second-rate promotion, as the UFC name and cache plus the opportunity to fight for a wider audience generally draw the biggest names in the sport.
Cris Cyborg is a one-time UFC champion, holding the Featherweight belt for 517 days. Her lengthy reign came to an abrupt end at UFC 232. She was knocked out in the first round by Amanda Nunes.
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