Uh oh, it's a he said/he said/she said moment in the UFC's ongoing war of words with Cris Cyborg and her friend and former manager Tito Ortiz.
If you haven't been following, Tito claimed the UFC had offered Cyborg a bout with Ronda Rousey on December 5. Dana White said Tito made it up.
Now Cris Cyborg has taken to Twitter and backed up Tito's account of events:
I'm not lying nor is Tito- UFC called my manager last Sunday to see if I would fight Ronda at 135 on December 5 at... http://t.co/pF2VJdRuEU— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) August 8, 2015
She tweeted some other stuff too:
Really? @danawhite UFC not contacted my manager after the fight Ronda. @RondaRousey @ufc— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) August 8, 2015
@joerogan any boxers clear out their division then move down? Maybe the ufc needs 145 for a chance at a 2 division champ in WMMA? #imready— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) August 8, 2015
Campeã (InvictaFC )Vs Campeã (UFC) Quem quer ver essa luta? Vamos compartilhar!!! Who wants to see this fight?... http://t.co/aiKjdy2kG5— Cris Cyborg (@criscyborg) August 8, 2015
As we pointed out before these games of telephone between employees of promoters, managers, fighters, friends of fighters and back to promoters (probably not the same person as at the beginning of the chain) are the source of most of the bad reporting in MMA.
We do know that Cyborg and her camp (and Tito) have a long and storied track record of misunderstanding what they heard from the UFC and overplaying their hand when it comes to negotiating with Zuffa.
We also can probably take Dana's word for it that Cyborg will not be facing Rousey in December. That seems very likely to be Miesha Tate's fight.