Among the many major topics of discussion for Dana White in the lead up to UFC 172 has been Cris Cyborg's ongoing war of words with Ronda Rousey. Rousey came out with her "it" comment, and since then White has found himself relentlessly defending the UFC's bantamweight champion, and relentlessly smearing Cris Cyborg. His media scrum was no different. White spent several minutes going over the problems with Cyborg's past, including accusations that she's been on steroids for most of her career and insinuations that women who get busted for steroid use are more more destructive to the sport than their male counterparts.
Eventually asked to sum up his feelings about the possibility of someday signing Cyborg to a UFC contract, white outlined his position (transcription via Luke Thomas/MMA Fighting):
"It's not that she's beyond redemption. She's a nightmare in every way, shape or form to bring in as a professional athlete in an organization like this. At the end of the day, it's not worth it in the big picture.
"It's easy to sit there and go, 'Oh, everybody wants to see that'. She's a 45 pounder, Ronda's a 35 pounder. She said she couldn't make the weight. She's got steroid issues. She's got a lot of issues. That's a lot to take on."
"But who knows?," White asked rhetorically, "I'm not saying it could never be done."
I can't say I'm surprised that that is White's eventual choice. It feels more and more that the UFC is in the process of trying to undercut the value of some of the major WMMA fighters outside the UFC in hopes of gaining the upper hand in negotiations down the road. They've repeatedly dismissed and low-balled Holly Holm and their comments about Cyborg have gone from dismissive to outright mudslinging. It will be interesting to see how and if the tune changes in the future.