On December 29, in the main event of UFC 232, UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg will attempt to defend her title against UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Ahead of this fight, Cyborg has had some choice words for her opponent.
In her latest verbal volley, Cris Cyborg referred to Amanda Nunes as a “traitor” for failing to properly represent Brazil — and for training at American Top Team, alongside Colby Covington, who has repeatedly disrespected the country of Brazil.
“’Creonte’ is a Brazilian word that means traitor,” Cris Cyborg said of Amanda Nunes in a recent interview with FanSided. “I think it’s embarrassing that the UFC made Amanda the first female Brazilian champion and instead of representing Brazil when she fights, she calls herself American Top Team. She disrespects Brazilian MMA fans every time she walks into the cage as a part of American Top Team.”
“This is the same gym as Colby Covington,” Cyborg continued. “He disrespected Brazil so badly that the UFC was worried they didn’t have enough security to keep him safe and had to move his fight against [Rafael dos Anjos] to the USA instead of Brazil. Yet Nunes goes into the gym every day to train alongside Colby Covington and even shares the same coaches. Where I’m from in Brazil this would never happen. Imagine Chael Sonnen walking into Chute Boxe and training with Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva, or any of the coaches. Do you think they would have let him train after all the things he said about Brazil? No. They would have defended Brazil’s honor. Amanda doesn’t have that same respect for Brazil.”
“When she called me out last year at first I didn’t want to fight her,” Cris Cyborg concluded. “I wanted to see all the women divisions run by the Brazilians. Myself, Amanda, [Jessica] Andrade, we could have all been champions and I thought it would bring pride back to all of Brazil. But Nunes is from a Team of creontes. At American Top Team it is normal for teammates to fight each other. She called me out last year but then wanted a year before we can fight. When I fight her December 29 it will be for everyone in Brazil, and it will be to teach Nunes a lesson about respect.”
Cris Cyborg followed up on these comments on Twitter, responding to a fan who reminded that Cyborg is an American citizen — which would seem, at a glance, to make these comments a little hypocritical.
Just because I became an American citizen doesn’t mean I stopped being Brazilian. I would never represent a team or let a teammate disrespect my country and our people by calling it a dump and us filthy animals
— UFC 232 on PPV SAT (@criscyborg) September 18, 2018
“Just because I became an American citizen doesn’t mean I stopped being Brazilian,” she said. “I would never represent a team or let a teammate disrespect my country and our people by calling it a dump and us filthy animals.”
What do you think of Cris Cyborg’s comments on Amanda Nunes? Who do you think wins their fight?
This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 9/19/2018.