Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
UFC president Dana White doesn't understand why Cristane "Cyborg" Santos got out of her UFC contract to sign with Invicta FC, because he says that she would have been lent out to the organization anyway.
Cristiane "Cyborg" Santos has had a brief but confusing tenure with the UFC, which is now over. The fighter, who just came off suspension for a drug test failure, was signed by the UFC in hopes that she would drop to 135 and fight Ronda Rousey. The two fighters bickered back and forth for a long time about it, but Cyborg and manager Tito Ortiz made it clear that she couldn't get down to 135 in a healthy way. Since she couldn't fight Rousey anymore, she asked for her release. But UFC president Dana White said at the UFC on Fuel 7 post-fight press conference that her subsequent signing with Invicta FC was strange, since they would have lent her out to fight there anyway:
"We were going to sign her to a contract and then we were going to have her fight in Invicta – which means we'd pay all the bills for her to fight in Invicta. She'd be under a UFC contract with all the perks and benefits of being a UFC fighter, and would fight in Invicta. So instead of doing that, they chose to not do that and fight in Invicta. If you can make logic out of that whole f**king situation, you're a better man than I."
"We don't have a 145-pound division, so we're going back and forth with these guys in the deal. So I called Shannon Knapp, who owns Invicta, and said, 'Listen, if I do this deal with Cyborg, can you give her fights over there? I'll pay the bills, and you put on some fights over there till I can figure out how this whole thing is going to go down?' She said absolutely, no problem, we'd love to do it. The next thing I know, Tito wants out of the contract and they sign with her."
Ortiz maintains that he eventually wants to see his fighter face off with Rousey, but only as low as 140 pounds. Since that makes no sense for the UFC, it's not likely to happen. Either way, Cyborg will now meet Ediane Gomes on April 5th at Invicta FC 5, and the winner will fight Marloes Coenen for the promotion's 145-pound title.