Tito Ortiz steps down as Cris Cyborg's manager
FEB 14, 2014 9:15p ET
Tito Ortiz announced that he was stepping down as Cris Cyborg's manager Friday night on Inside MMA. Ortiz and UFC president Dana White are adversaries and Ortiz didn't want his lack of a relationship with White prevent Cyborg from signing with the UFC.
White went on a lengthy rant against Cyborg during a media lunch Thursday, saying she was using steroids and looked "like Wanderlei Silva." Questions about a potential Cyborg-Ronda Rousey fight prompted the diatribe.
"I can live with Dana not liking me but what I can't live with is Dana using me to hurt someone else," Ortiz said. "I've taken abuse and maybe I deserved some of it, but Cris is a beautiful person and great athlete and doesn't deserve to be insulted like this."
Ortiz said White "let his hatred toward me hurt the UFC and the fans by not making this fight." Ortiz also said last year White called him personally to try and make Cyborg-Rousey.
“Test her or stop lying about her. Cris is a beautiful woman inside and out.”
"Regardless, I won't stand in the way from the fans getting a fight they want and I won't hold Cris back," Ortiz said. "So I'm stepping down as Cris' manager. Now he can't hold that against her."
Ortiz acting as Cyborg's manager was never the reason White gave for not making the fight, though he did say Thursday: "She couldn't have hired a bigger fuckin idiot to be her manager. Mistake No. 1."
The problem also lies with Cyborg's weight. She's the Invicta FC 145-pound champion and she said she won't be able to cut to 135 to fight Rousey for the UFC title. The UFC has no women's division at 145 pounds.
White also repeatedly said he believes Cyborg is using performance-enhancing drugs. She did fail a drug test in 2011, but has not since.
"I'm also tired of Dana accusing Cris of using banned substances," Ortiz said. "I challenge you to put up or shut up. Test her or stop lying about her. Cris is a beautiful woman inside and out. Don't insult her on her looks. She may be tough as nails but she still has feelings."