Cris Cyborg Issues Statement After Punching Angela Magana at UFC Athlete Retreat

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2017

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - MAY 14: Cris Cyborg Justino  of Brazil attends the media after the fight against Leslie Smith of the United States in their catchweight bout during the UFC 198 at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Cristiane "Cyborg" Justino provided a statement on her Facebook page Monday regarding her physical altercation with Angela Magana at the UFC Athlete Retreat in Las Vegas this past weekend.

Cyborg alluded to disparaging comments directed toward her: "When disparaging comments are made at the top, it sets an example that it is acceptable within the company, allowing lower ranking individuals to continuing following examples of leaders, establishing the culture and practices of the company:"

MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reported Cyborg took exception to personal attacks from Magana on Twitter. In one tweet, Magana compared the Brazilian star to Jigsaw from the Saw film franchise (warning: tweet contains NSFW language):

Angela Magana @AngelaMagana1

Only 1 day to vote on #yourmajesty poll in previous tweet. Its anonymous you pussies. Who wore it better? Please see previous tweet to vote https://t.co/ivLD7HD7vk

FanSided's Cage Pages obtained video of the incident (warning: video contains NSFW language):

Magana tweeted about the altercation:

Angela Magana @AngelaMagana1

I was the victim of roid rage today. Hope it was worth your job. Sue happy lawyers hitting me up left and right now #Cyborg

Angela Magana @AngelaMagana1

Lets be clear I did not call cops UFC did. But I decided to press charges after speaking with them. I have my teeth https://t.co/BKrAMpz8Sy

A spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department told ESPN.com's Brett Okamotoย that authorities cited Cyborg for misdemeanor battery but did not arrest her.

Since signing with UFC in March 2015, Cyborg has beaten Leslie Smith and Lina Lansberg.

It looked like her career would be put on hold after the United States Anti-Doping Agency flagged one of her samples for a potential violation in December. However, USADA cleared the 31-year-old in February, granting her a therapeutic use exemption and making her eligible to return to the Octagon.


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