'I Already Forgave Him' – Cris Cyborg Reveals Recent Text Conversation With Dana White
Bellator Women’s Featherweight Champion Cris Cyborg says things have been patched up between her and UFC President Dana White.
Cyborg will return to Bellator to defend her 145lb title against Cat Zingano at Bellator 300. She hasn’t fought in MMA since a unanimous decision victory over Arlene Blencowe in April 2022.
Cyborg’s relationship with the UFC brass, and specifically White, has been complicated over the last decade. She’s repeatedly been critical of White and others in the company for their handling of the final few fights of her tenure.
Cyborg’s split from the UFC ramped up tensions even more between herself and White, although things might’ve taken a turn for the better after a recent chat.
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Cris Cyborg Shares Brief, Friendly Conversation With Dana White
During a recent interview with ESPN‘s Marc Raimondi, Cyborg hinted that things are on cordial terms with herself and White.
“I asked Dana if it was okay to watch my friend [at the UFC Apex], ‘I wish you are doing well’, and he said ‘It’s okay Cris, no problem’,” Cyborg said. “I already forgave him, everything that happened. I’m older and I don’t hold grudges…different ways in life, but I wish him the best, that’s for sure.”
After White was shrouded in controversy after slapping his wife in a viral clip, Cyborg didn’t take long to react to it. She claimed that White started the altercation by grabbing his wife aggressively at a New Year’s Eve party in Mexico.
Cyborg won the vacant UFC women’s featherweight title by defeating Tonya Evinger at UFC 214. She went on to defend the belt against Holly Holm and Yana Kunitskaya before falling to Amanda Nunes at UFC 232.
A Cyborg vs. Nunes rematch was expected after UFC 232 before White claimed that Cyborg didn’t want the fight. She then called out White for lying, and she parted ways following a win in her next fight at UFC 240.
Cyborg and White’s relationship has featured plenty of highs and lows, although it appears the two have settled some of their beef more than four years since her final UFC fight.
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