Dana White Says He’s Open To Signing Cyborg & Expects Media Backlash

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Following Ronda Rousey’s 16-second knockout of Alexis Davis at Saturday night’s UFC 175 pay-per-view, fight fans are already questioning the UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion’s next opponent will be. At the UFC 175 post-fight press conference, Dana White fielded questions about the topic, including whether he would be willing to sign Cristiane “Cyborg” Justino.

White sounds like he’s willing to restart negotiations with Cyborg, but expects plenty of backlash from the media due to the hot topic of performance enhancing drugs in Mixed Martial Arts and Cyborg’s history with banned substances.

“I just don’t want to hear your bullsh-t if I do (sign her) because this sh-t is going to flip as soon as I sign her – about drug testing and all the other bullsh-t,” White said. “It’ll be the biggest f-cking topic. It’ll be the biggest f-cking story for you to write. Oh my f-cking God. The script will flip immediately.”

Justino was stripped of her Strikeforce Women’s Featherweight title back in December 2011 after testing positive for a synthetic anabolic steroid. Despite that offense, UFC still attempted to sign her last year after they acquired Strikeforce. Dana White says he actually offered her a deal that was identical to Rousey’s, but Cyborg refused.

“Just so you know, when we bought Strikeforce, we offered them the same exact deal that we offered Ronda, and they turned it down,” he said of Justino and her reps. “They turned their deal down when we tried to sign her.

“Listen, there are certain things to do to get out there. If you really want to fight for the UFC and you want to fight for the title, there are ways to get that done. There are ways to do it. It’s not like we never offered ‘Cyborg’ a deal. We offered ‘Cyborg’ a deal, and they turned it down. She got offered the same deal that Ronda got offered, and she turned it down. She was on a medical suspension too, for performance-enhancing drugs.”

Ronda Rousey vs. Cyborg has the potential to be the biggest Women’s MMA match in history – let’s hope the stars align for this potential blockbuster showdown.

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  • http://www.sescoops.com/ Mr 561

    Past issues aside, UFC needs to sign Cyborg. Rousey vs. Cyborg is one of the biggest fights that UFC could possibly put on, both women have terrorized their divisions

    • SpaceJam

      Its not as easy as just “signing” Cyborg. Cyborg is ripped up and shredded at 145 with very little body fat, It will be very hard, maybe even dangerous to get to 135. Weight cuts with little body fat to cut are always a struggle with fighters in the UFC. The smart thing for the UFC and Cyborg is to work your way to a title shot and in the process get the hang of cutting the weight. What will it do for Cyborg if the weight cut is brutal and she gasses out quick or even doesn’t making weight! Its obviously a struggle for her because part of why she took PEDs was to help her cut more weight and recover faster.

      • http://www.sescoops.com/ Mr 561

        Good points

      • Steve Jakobs

        She can lose the weight, she might have to lose some muscle to do it. Just maintain a lighter weight, so you don’t have to lose as much come fight time. For a chick to say she can’t be 135lbs, is insane. She’s a chick, chicks aren’t meant to be big anyways. Natural ones.

  • Steve Jakobs

    Ummm, what about Josh Barnett? He was popped twice for steroids, yet the ufc signed him.