Cris Cyborg has revealed that she was asked to leave the weekend’s Strikeforce: Rousey vs. Kaufman event by members of the California State Athletic Commission because she is currently serving a drug suspension.
The former Strikeforce women’s featherweight champion, who was stripped of her belt after testing positive in December 2011, says that the way she was publicly ordered to leave the venue was “disrespectful”.
“I watched all fights but the last one, Ronda’s, [because] a woman working on the event came to tell me I had to leave because the commission doesn’t accept suspended athletes on the shows. My manager talked to the guys at the commission and there’s really a law that says that. I was upset for the way they treated me,” she told Tatame.
“They could’ve pulled me on a corner and told me, not in front of the fans. I was taking pictures and they interrupted me, saying I had to go. It was very disrespectful. I believe a champion deserves to be treated with respect. Everyone knows an athlete’s life isn’t easy, so all fighters deserve respect. When I was in Brazil I watched UFC and there was no problem.”
Santos has been in the headlines every day since the event, not because of the ejection from the venue but because the MMA world is now looking at her and Rousey to make the only real big fight left in women’s MMA.
The problem is that Santos fights at 145lbs and Rousey at 135lbs and neither is willing to move weights to accommodate the other. Partisan fans are accusing the other side of ‘ducking’ the fight but the truth is that there is no advantage for either to shift from their position.
And so Santos says she will not now be talking about Rousey any more unless a fight is signed.
“This is my last interview in which I’m talking about her. I’m making clear to the fans who want to see this fight that if it’s up to me and her it will never happen because I’m not dropping to her weight class and she can’t gain few pounds to fight me… It’s up to Strikeforce to decide. If they want this fight they will have to come to an agreement so that both of us are happy”.