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Tito Ortiz steps down as Cris Cyborg's manager

Tito Ortiz made an announcement on the latest episode of AXS TV's Inside MMA - that he will be stepping down as Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino's manager.

Tito Ortiz has stepped away as Cris Cyborg's manager after some scathing remarks by UFC president Dana White earlier in the week. In a media event, White contested that Cyborg was still on steroids, and even went so far as to insult the way she looks, comparing her to Wanderlei Silva.

Cyborg, who wants to fight Ronda Rousey, had been represented by Ortiz until he made an appearance on AXS TV's Inside MMA with Ron Kruck and Bas Rutten last night. Here's what he had to say:

"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 currently competing at 145 pounds in Invicta, where she has won two bouts in the last year and picked up the promotion's featherweight title.

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