Let me just start by saying I hate bullies I’ve been 5’4 basically all my life and hated it then and hate it to this day, I have to address it when it takes place in the community of martial arts where the idea of bullying is a weakness and a response to inflicted pain on the bully versus the recipient of that pain. More specifically what this whole thing is about is when you decide to praise someone, while on the same hand saying that they did this and that which is not okay and may have attributed to their win. However, when you don’t do that for other people your stance becomes exposed for what it is at its core, an underhanded comment.
Okay so the other day I posted an Instagram highlight video of Cris Cyborgs recent win and some asshole decides to post that the Dana White and the UFC need to get rid of Cris ( while calling her a man) due to her failed a test in 2012 insisting that’s she’s still on gear. Of course, I deleted the comment and will do so every time because I have no need for it in my life. My biggest issue is simple and basically, none of the people coming after Cris are testing her, nor do they have a degree or a history in endocrinology. Cyborg failed a drug test, yes she did fail one test in 2012, and since then she has invited in-depth testing from USADA and VADA called out Dana and Ronda and everyone else saying either test me or stop bring up my name for your promotional needs allah Mayweather. The issue isn’t the bringing up of the test due to the history, just be consistent with everyone that popped. Give a name when talking about the subject in the negative versus the nostalgic moments of the Pride and early UFC discussions, because nobody thinks young Vitor, Coleman or the great one Bob Sapp was anything but PEDS. My issue is that you can’t praise and adore the performance of Overreem, Vitor, Rothwell, Barnett, Henderson, Chael, Sheilds, Gilbert, etc. who all do damage to their opponent’s pre and post serving their punishment. If you praise these individuals without saying they failed a drug test every 5 seconds what’s the difference in what Cris did and what they did?
Why this piece also hit a nerve for me is because I’ve followed Cris’s journey from Thailand to LA from Jason Perillo, Kru Daeng, and Boyd Clarke. She puts in ridiculous amounts of work to get down to 140 and has gone through that upper threshold to develop better skills in each area by taking the challenge in facing a Muay Thai world better in Muay Thai as well as straight BJJ comps and developing a more throughout a complete striking game. That UFC 222 performance didn’t just happen that stuff wasn’t just power which is a misnomer at best. It was because of speed and technical ability she is strong but strength means nothing when striking power is concerned that only matters when you’re trying to blitzkrieg someone. What Cyborg did was more like a young Aldo or the proto Nova fighter more so then old Chute Boxe Wandi striking and bite down and let the leather fly. This idea that because she’s tested positive, shes big means she’s more dangerous is using the idea that once a cheater always a cheater which is crazy. Why, because women fighting Cris have fought at 152 and 155 as a boxer and kickboxer. However, if the weight is made and she tested clean the arguments stop there because there is nothing more to be discussed after someone signs that bout agreement.
The real discussion that should be at the top of the list is this weird torture idea of making her make 135 or 140 if she fights in the UFC. Lockhart could get her down but why torture her like that you brought her in at 140 145 is already established, why continue to kill the women. We saw in the lead up how she makes the weight while still being a mom and significant other and keeping a smile throughout the process, cut the shit what’s the real purpose of cutting her down is out to diminish her or what. When you are trying to move away from hard weight cuts in the sport to literally force and single out a fighter who fights in already established weight class at 145 which like Rogan said has been around since Strikeforce seeing how Meisha Tate was the 145 lb Strikeforce champion. Explain to me how that makes sense they are looking to add more weight classes for the women’s divisions at 125 but they won’t add a 145 while knowing that adding more weight classes doesn’t hurt anything because if you build it they will come from everywhere. Look at 115 Joanna and Claudia from to opposite ends of the world and are already build up to a massive fight. Just because Cyborgs a bigger threat now doesn’t exclude her from participating because of what happened once in her past the past is exactly that if you have changed your ways and moved forward, she has done that and deserves the chance just like everyone else that got popped and returned afterwards in her case its years after now and the same one mistake is being brought up to incriminate her for something that has occurred since 2012. In my heart of hearts I can’t understand why Robin would do that when he’s never done that to other fighters and any time has come close to this it was all comical references to horse meat of TRT days or Pride days as nostalgia, now it just seems like bullying.
So what has this bullying really revealed, just that there’s a double standard and showed that perception isn’t the reality. Something I will leave with everyone is don’t be loud and wrong, because condemning someone’s passed based on a past mistake is casting a stone through a canon at a glass house, when you yourself have struggled throughout your life with mistakes which everyone is guilty of.
-Later everyone and congrats to Cris Cyborg