Following the UFC on Fuel TV 7’s post-fight presser held in London this past Saturday, reporters caught up with Dana White as he discussed his thoughts on Tito Ortiz’s first official press conference as a manager, and the confusing contract situation between UFC and Invicta FC over Ortiz’s fighter Cris “Cyborg” Santos.
Ortiz’s wasn’t’ exactly stellar. He continuously made verbal mistakes throughout his speech, and it was obvious that the ex-UFC fighter was a nervous wreck when it came time to speaking about business matters. White noticed the mistakes, and offered some advice and a few friendly tips for Ortiz, saying that when promoting a fight, make it an obligation to talk about both fighters rather than just your own, and do not confuse your fighter with someone else. White believes with some experience Ortiz’s management and communication skills will get better.
As far as the situation with Cyborg, White told reporters the plan was to sign her, and allow her to fight in Invicta FC while paying all of her bills to be able to fight in another promotion. Instead, Cyborg’s management decided to leave the UFC contract out of the picture and fight for Invicta anyways. White is still confused by the decision and even goes as far as telling one reporter that if he can make logic out of the entire situation, then he is a better man than him.
Was the Cyborg deal made because Invicta offered her better money? Or could it be something more, perhaps maybe a way to get out of a future showdown with the surging Ronda Rousey? Both Ortiz and Santos have continuously explained how hard – nearly impossible, actually – it would be for Santos to make the cut to 135, but if Rousey is to get past Liz Carmouche at UFC 157, Rousey vs. Cyborg seems to be the only logical fight to make.