Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz believes his past issues with the UFC, and UFC president Dana White, are to blame for Cris Cyborg not getting a contract with the promotion.
Ortiz, who became the manager for Cyborg after he announced his retirement from MMA, stepped down from that role in a statement read on Inside MMA Friday night.
Ortiz is currently signed to Bellator MMA, but was forced out of a planned fight last year after suffering another neck injury.
Below is the complete statement from Ortiz concerning the matter:
“I can live with Dana not liking me but what I can’t live with is Dana using me to hurt someone else. I’ve taken abuse and maybe I deserved some of it but Cris is a beautiful person and great athlete and doesn’t deserve to be insulted like this.
I don’t understand how Dana lets his hatred towards me hurt the UFC and the fans by not making this fight.
He accuses her of still using banned substances and say that she isn’t worthy of fighting Ronda yet a year ago he personally called me to make the fight happen.
I never said she would die if she made 135- we just repeated what the Dr said that Cris shouldn’t make a career at 135- we offered a 3 fight deal they said no 7 fights or no deal.
Regardless – I won’t stand in the way from the fans getting a fight they want and I won’t hold Cris Back. So I’m stepping down as Cris’ manager
Now he can’t hold that against her-
I’m also tired of Dana accusing Cris of using banned substances. I challenge you to put up or shut up- Test her or stop lying about her- Cris is a beautiful woman inside and out- don’t insult her on her looks- she may be tough as nails but she still has feelings.
I know people are going to say there goes Tito making this about him again- but it’s not -it’s about Cris Cyborg- the baddest woman on the earth – soon to be multi-sport world champion.”
Cyborg is scheduled to compete March 28 on AXS TV for Lion Fight against Jorina Baars. She is 12-1 in MMA, including a TKO victory over Marloes Coenen for the Invicta FC featherweight title last July.