After defending her featherweight title against Holly Holm at UFC 219, Cyborg — real name Cristiane Justino — shot down the idea of a potential champion vs champion superfight against bantamweight champ Nunes, insisting that she will only defend her strap against a top featherweight contender.
Nunes, 29, respectfully called Cyborg out on Twitter last week but her coach, American Top Team’s (ATT) Conan Silveira, has really pushed for the bout in the media, claiming that it’s ‘1,000 percent going to happen’.
Silveira’s comments didn’t sit well with Cyborg, who believes her fellow Brazilian is only interested in training fighters who offer him the most money.
Cyborg released a lengthy statement to MMA Fighting on Thursday, where she ripped Silveira and took a dig at UFC welterweight contender Colby Covington.
Check it out below.
What do I think about Conan Silveira saying I need the fight against Amanda Nunes to leave my name in history?
I think it is a joke that Conan says I need the fight against Amanda Nunes to leave my mark on the sport. He is one of the biggest ‘creonte’ [how Carlson Gracie called fighters who switched teams] in the history of Brazilian MMA. You are talking about a guy who took everything Brazil taught him and sold it to the American’s [sic] for nothing. In Brazil, martial arts is about respect, rivalry, competition, and honor.
When Chute Boxe was fighting Brazilian Top Team in Japan, they didn’t need the coaches to grab the microphone and give interviews for the fighters. Conan doesn’t stand for honor and respect, he is loyal to whoever is going to pay him the most money. That is why Conan didn’t stand with Master (Ricardo) Liborio, because the Americans are paying him too much money to care about his students calling everyone in Brazil trash and filthy animals.
Imagine if Colby Covington acted the way he does and then went to train with the old school legends of BTT. Do you think Alan Goes, Nogueira and Ricardo Arona would have let him disrespect an entire country like that? Conan will stand with whatever team is willing to pay him the most money, and that will always be his legacy in the sport.
The day Dan Lambert stops paying his salary is the day he will stop representing American Top Team and put his legacy back up for sale, except this time Brazil will remember.
MMA Fighting reached out to Silveira for his side of the story, but the head coach has yet to reply.
Although Cyborg doesn’t want to fight Nunes, a champ vs. champ bout is, by far, the most intriguing match-up for both fighters and would make for a fantastic co-headlining or headlining pay-per-view.