After a 13-year unbeaten run, Cris Cyborg got a taste of defeat at the hands of Amanda Nunes on Saturday night. The woman once deemed as the greatest female fighter in the world was knocked out by “The Lioness” in less than a minute of action at UFC 232.
Cyborg remained positive after her loss, but her one issue is not having the chance to address her fans during an Octagon interview.
“They just kicked me out of the cage,” Cyborg said during her post-fight media scrum (via MMA Fighting). “I think (it’s) very bad, very disrespectful, because I did a lot for the sport. I was supposed to say hello for my fans and talk to them. I think it’s not right.
“But OK, they did, (it’s) already done, I can go (to the) media and talk to my fans, say how I appreciate them, how them coming to the cage to watch my fight, all Cyborg Nation here to watch me. It’s OK, I just feel like I’m supposed to say something. Two Brazilian fighters, two champions. That’s it.”
For the former Brazilian women’s champion, it is all about handling the hard times and discouraging moments like her loss on Saturday night with grace.
“I always try being the champion in the hearts of everybody, give them hope, because people (who) follow me knows how hard it was for me and I never showed them I’m quitting, I’m weak, I never showed that,” she said. “But I’m a human being, I have my mistakes, I have a lot of things like everybody here, and I showed them it doesn’t matter you gonna fall, you gonna stand up on your feet and get in there. You just have to believe and have faith.
“This is the thing I want to show to all my fans. When you do that, you are the champion. When you stand up on your feet after you fall, you are the champion. And this is what I tried to show all my fans because I know everybody has hard times and I feel sad because everybody is sad because I lost today.
“For sure I have something to learn today. I don’t know what now, but I know God is gonna show me. I don’t want nobody sad because I’m not gonna be sad.”
Cyborg now drops to a record of 20-2 (with 1 NC and 17 wins by knockout).