Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 2/24/13
Tito Ortiz might be new to this whole manager thing, and he may not have made the right call in having star client Cristiane “Cyborg” Santos (Pictured) decline a contract offer from the UFC in favor of Invicta FC, but he sure does know how to keep Cyborg’s name in the headlines. On Saturday night at UFC 157 when Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche became the first females to fight inside the Octagon, guess who was sitting front and center soaking in the watershed moment? Immediately after the main event wrapped, imagine who was holding their own “press conference” backstage. If you answered Ortiz and Cyborg to both questions, you win the highly coveted pat on the back. Unfortunately for Ortiz and Co., UFC President Dana White claims the dynamic duo came up on the losing end when they inked with Invicta. He says the Brazilian missed the UFC boat because the ship has already sailed. “Cyborg missed the boat,” White stated following the UFC 157 post-fight presser. “They can do whatever they want to do and play games. You over-negotiate sometimes. They’ve already over-negotiated. It’s gone, it’s over. “You’re fighting in Invicta, do your thing. The world isn’t gonna stop. Nobody even knows who Cyborg is. She’s got 30,000 followers on Twitter. Nobody knows her.” During Ortiz’s impromptu media gathering, he said Cyborg wants to fight a few times at her natural featherweight class for Invicta, then challenge Rousey at a 140-pound catchweight contest in the UFC’s New Year’s Eve weekend event. So, what do you think about Tito’s agenda, Dana? “That means nothing to me,” White flatly replied. “[Expletive] is rollin’ here, Cyborg’s not a part of it. They can have as many press conferences as they want to have, or show up here in the back or do whatever they want to do. She had the opportunity to sign with the UFC, she chose not to. “This thing’s moving, we’re already rolling. [Rousey vs. Carmouche is] the most successful fight ever in the history of women’s fighting.” White didn’t slam the cage door shut on a potential super-fight between Rousey and Cyborg, but he did proclaim it would be the “Rowdy” one’s call if it comes to fruition. “Ronda’s the champ,” White said in closing. “[If] she comes [to me] one day and says, ‘You know, I’ve cleaned out this division. I feel like I’ve fought everybody, I’ll move up to 140 and fight her.’ And if Cyborg is still fighting at that time, then we’ll see what happens.” White reiterated the UFC is solely focused on building the bantamweight division for women. So if any ladies wants some, including Cyborg and Gina Carano (if she’s interested), they better be able to tip 135 pounds on the scale.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Is Rich Paul steering Tristan Thompson towards Toronto?

Kyrie Irving might not suit up for Cavaliers until January

Report: Martavis Bryant suspended four games for violating substance abuse policy

Phillies have finally escaped from payroll hell

Report: Paul Petrino took care of players' shoplifting incident

Joe Theismann on RG3: ‘It’s time for Robert to be quiet’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Rex Ryan will start E.J. Manuel in Bills’ third preseason game

Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal dish about old Lakers feud

Jones was worried about Bryant over alleged Walmart tape

David Ortiz: 'It sucks' Hanley Ramirez has been criticized

49ers make mockery of ‘winning with class’ in handling Brooks

Vernon Adams is the best option for Oregon football

MMA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five greatest NBAers without a ring

Exactly how bad is the NL East?

Five potential college football Week 1 shockers

Top 10 storylines for Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Wilson’s ‘Recovery Water’ plug sends the wrong message

The 12 most relevant teams in CFB

PAC-12 preview: Can dark horse ASU take on USC?

Five stories to watch in the Metropolitan Division

Five greatest NBA non-title teams

Gus Johnson wanted to name daughter after Schembechler

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker