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Cris Cyborg apologizes to Dana White for edited UFC 240 backstage video

Official status with UFC still unknown

Cris Cyborg released a public apology to Dana White Friday after an edited UFC 240 backstage video featuring her and Dana White was released on her Instagram account.

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According to Cyborg, “the video was edited by my Production Team to make it appear as though Dana told me ‘and listen whenever you hear me saying stuff, I’m not saying …the truth.’ Dana did not say that to me, and the subtitles in the video were incorrect. As you can see from the unedited video, Dana actually said ‘and listen, whenever you hear me saying stuff, I’m not saying negative things about you.'”

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(via @CrisCyborg) ・・・ Hey guys, I know that many people saw the video of my confrontation with Dana White after UFC 240 that was posted on my official YouTube channel, Twitter account and Instagram account. I want to let everyone know that the video was edited by my Production Team to make it appear as though Dana told me “and listen whenever you hear me saying stuff, I’m not saying …the truth.” Dana did not say that to me, and the subtitles in the video were incorrect. As you can see from the unedited video, Dana actually said “and listen, whenever you hear me saying stuff, I’m not saying negative things about you.” Dana and I have had many disagreements during my career in the UFC, and I have been adamant about standing up for myself in situations where I feel my character and statements have been misrepresented and used against me. But I also take pride in being an honest person and a true professional. I take full responsibility for the actions that resulted in the edited video being posted on my social media accounts. We were wrong, and I have addressed this issue with my Production Team so that it doesn’t ever happen again in the future. ​Finally, I want to apologize to Dana White for posting the video. Even though we will continue to disagree about numerous issues, I will always stand up for doing what is right.

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Cyborg’s full statement reads:

Hey guys, I know that many people saw the video of my confrontation with Dana White after UFC 240 that was posted on my official YouTube channel, Twitter account and Instagram account. I want to let everyone know that the video was edited by my Production Team to make it appear as though Dana told me “and listen whenever you hear me saying stuff, I’m not saying …the truth.” Dana did not say that to me, and the subtitles in the video were incorrect. As you can see from the unedited video, Dana actually said “and listen, whenever you hear me saying stuff, I’m not saying negative things about you.” Dana and I have had many disagreements during my career in the UFC, and I have been adamant about standing up for myself in situations where I feel my character and statements have been misrepresented and used against me. But I also take pride in being an honest person and a true professional. I take full responsibility for the actions that resulted in the edited video being posted on my social media accounts. We were wrong, and I have addressed this issue with my Production Team so that it doesn’t ever happen again in the future. ​Finally, I want to apologize to Dana White for posting the video. Even though we will continue to disagree about numerous issues, I will always stand up for doing what is right.

Cyborg previously demanded an apology from White and Joe Rogan for previous bullying and harassment, in addition to disparaging comments made poor to her arrival in the UFC in 2016.

White responded Friday with a video explaining the alleged comments were taken out of context and that he thinks Cyborg is afraid of rematching Amanda Nunes, an allegation that Cyborg has denied.

The UFC is ready to release Cyborg from her contract and not match any offers, White went on to say. “We’re out of the Cyborg business.”

The video prompted Bellator CEO Scott Coker to publicly confirm his interest in signing Cyborg.

Cyborg’s official status with the UFC currently remains unconfirmed.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.
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