Cyborg Justino Pleads Not Guilty to Charge for Allegedly Punching Angela Magana

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2017

CURITIBA, BRAZIL - MAY 14:  (L-R) Cristiane 'Cyborg' Justino of Brazil celebrates after defeating Leslie Smith in their women's catchweight bout during the UFC 198 event at Arena da Baixada stadium on May 14, 2016 in Curitiba, Parana, Brazil.  (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)
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Cris "Cyborg" Justino has pleaded not guilty to her battery charge stemming from an alleged punch on a fellow UFC fighter, according to TMZ

The original incident occurred at a UFC retreat in May, when she and Angela Magana got in a confrontation about social media that allegedly ended with a punch from Justino and a charge for battery.

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She will be due back in court in August.

She could face up to six months in jail if convicted, while there could be consequences even if she is found not guilty. TMZ also reported Magana has met with a lawyer and plans to bring a civil suit against Justino.

UFC president Dana White recently discussed the situation on the UFC Unfiltered podcast, clearly siding with Magana.

"You can't put your hands on another human being outside of the Octagon," White said, per Dave Doyle of MMAFighting.com. "It's assault, you will get arrested, in the fight world we all love to get caught up in the 'hey, you know what, she had a big mouth and she needed a smack in the mouth' thing, but it doesn't work that way in real life."

Cyborg has been one of the top female fighters in UFC, building up a 16-1 record in her MMA career. Magana is only 11-8 and in a different weight class than her rival, which forced her to challenge Justino to a jujitsu match in May, although this doesn't seem likely to come to fruition.