Cyborg (18-1-0, 1 NC) is by far one of the most popular MMA stars in the world, a pioneer of the sport who has been competing as a professional for over twelve years. The Brazilian won the UFC featherweight title this past July, knocking out Tonya Evinger in the third-round. Prior to joining the UFC, she had also won the Strikeforce and Invicta FC 145-pound titles.
As with every big MMA star, a group of haters will always be lurking. In Cyborg’s case, many haters refer back to January 2012 when it was announced that Cyborg had tested positive for stanozolol, an anabolic steroid. As a result of the banned substance, Cyborg had her license suspended for one year and was fined $2,500. The 32-year-old has never tested positive since, yet UFC fans continue to bring it up.
Fellow featherweight star, Bellator MMA’s Brittney Elkin, revealed her opinions on the hate Cyborg receives during a recent interview with WMMA Rankings. The 31-year-old feels as though any nasty comments directed to the Brazilian are completely unwarranted, she also credits Cyborg as being one of the athletes to help bring women’s MMA to the main stage.
“Cris Cyborg made a mistake, so what? I’ve made so many mistakes. People who hold themselves in a higher or more moral correct way with their decision making have a judgmental attitude about decisions made in the past, lessons which we have all learned from.” Elkin said.
“Cyborg was a huge part of the reasons why women were presented to the main stage, she is fearless and a specimen that is unique and evolved from normal. Yes, she made a poor past choice, but if any accuser looked inward at a traumatic time in their life I’m sure they can relate to a bad decision. If the behavior continued or proceeded to continue further, punishment should be taken. I think people fear Cris and that’s the one thing they can say to keep her out of the game, she is a legend and if someone is willing, let them fight.” she continued.
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“UFC 219: Cyborg vs. Holm” takes place on December 30 from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States. The event will be aired live on pay-per-view.
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