Perhaps the biggest story to emerge from this years UFC athletes retreat stemmed from a heated blowout between UFC featherweight star Cris “Cyborg” Justino and UFC strawweight Angela Magana. This confrontation was sparked by some nasty comments Magana made about Cyborg online, and culminated with Cyborg blasting Magana with a punch.
Since then, we’ve heard many witnesses give their take on what happened. The latest to do so was former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who painted perhaps the best picture yet on the latest edition of The MMA Hour.
“When we got off the bus, that girl, Magana, was right in front of me,” Weidman said (h/t MMAFighting.com). “As I come off the bus, all I see is Cyborg run up to Magana’s face and they’re having words. I had no idea what was going on. I didn’t know if there was any beef. … I don’t follow (Magana) on Twitter so I didn’t realize what she was saying.”
“Basically, Cyborg was going nuts on her, like all the words you can think of. She was screaming ‘Who the f**k do you think you are?’ and talking like this and blah, blah, blah.”
“Magana was kind of quiet and shocked. She was kind of smiling, like a nervous smile. I was thinking, ‘Oh my God’ because she’s way smaller than Cyborg.”
“All of sudden (Magana) realizes what’s going on around her,” Weidman said. “She sees that there are a lot of people around and she sees cameras coming out. She grew some balls and all of sudden she starts cursing back at Cyborg. I was thinking, ‘That’s not smart.’”
Weidman then recalled his brief effort to diffuse the situation.
“As soon as I saw (Magana) cursing back at Cyborg, I realize there is no one in between them and that something is going to go down,” Weidman said. “I started trying to break it up.”
“I came in like, ‘C’mon, guys, let’s calm it down,’ and as soon (as I did that) ‘Cyborg’ just stops screaming at Magana, looks at me and says, ‘Don’t touch me.’”
“I was like, ‘Alright, I’m good!’”
Apparently, Cyborg’s headline-generating punch occurred right after Weidman stepped away.
“So I backed up and then within a second (Cyborg) takes her hand and cracks Magana,” Weidman said. “Magana did a little shaky leg thing and right away she got teary-eyed. At least from what I heard, right away she started to say, ‘I’m calling the cops’.
“That was the first thing and then Cyborg just jetted out.”
“I had no idea what was going on. I was just thinking, ‘I can’t believe she just beat the s**t out of this little girl.’
“That’s what was going through my head then, but when I saw some of the stuff she was saying to Cyborg I could understand. I don’t know why she would be saying stuff like that to Cyborg, especially if you know you could be seeing her.
“If someone was talking s**t like that about me, I’d probably have something to say to them the next time I see them and we could probably be fighting. I do see where Cyborg went with that.
“Unfortunately, in the world we live in today there are cops and lawsuits, so you can’t just punch people. You have to find other ways to resolve your issues.”
What do you think of Chris Weidman’s take on the now infamous Cris Cyborg vs. Angela Magana beef?
Chris Weidman will next step into the cage on July 22, when he will take on Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC on Fox 25.
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 7/4/2017.