On AXS TV’s Inside MMA show tonight, it was announced that Tito Ortiz has stepped down as the manager of Cris “Cyborg” Justino (14-1, 1 NC). Ortiz had originally signed on to be the manager of Justino in early 2013, but this move led to a lot of criticism and controversy from UFC President Dana White, who cited that Tito Ortiz was ruining her career. This tarnished relationship with Dana White is what ultimately led to Ortiz’s decision to remove himself as the manager of the Invicta FC featherweight champion, in hopes that Justino will finally get a UFC contract signed.
Tito Ortiz issued the following statement in a release on AXS.TV:
“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.”