Cris "Cyborg" Justino took to Facebook on Friday to call out her foe, Ronda Rousey, for what she calls years of bullying and lack of sportsmanship.
Rousey recently penned an essay telling women that not being perfect is OK, to embrace your differences and imperfections and try not to be like the "filtered and duckfaced" girls seen on Instagram everyday.
The thing is, telling women to be OK with who they are by putting down other women you don't agree with isn't really the way to go, and Cyborg wanted to point that out.
Cyborg took the formula Rousey had used in her essay and adjusted it to reflect her feelings.
In her post she addresses the years of bullying she says she endured and included a tweet from 2012 when Rousey wrote that Cyborg has male genitalia.
"When I moved to Cali, I was a complete outsider. I couldn't speak English, and you used that opportunity to bully me in the media. At the lowest point of my career you went out of your way to say the most hurtful and mean things you could, but no matter how hard you tried, my confidence wouldn't sink. Like most people who are bullied, I have never really talked about it, but these feelings have come to a boiling point many times when my father has called me, or my niece has asked me questions about comments you've made in Interviews. Looking at my body, I feel very confident in who I am, and I don't think Wanderlei Silva would ever look this good in a dress!"
She addressed her former PED issues and how that caused her to grow as a fighter and as a woman. She even claims she entered herself into the USADA testing pool a year before her UFC debut in order to prove to the critics that she was clean. A fact that I was able to verify via the USADA website.
"Not every move I have made has been perfect. I lost my first world title due to a failed PED test and that experience was difficult. I thought the world would end, but it didn't. I continued to grow and mature as a woman. I stayed in the gym, served my suspension, learned my lesson and returned to the cage. I improved my skills and continued to get better. I also signed up for USADA a year before making my UFC Debut. I finally got a chance to fight in the Octagon. Everyone has noticed. Today I have a career built on something that saved me as a young woman. I have a strong family that has taught me the importance of life, and know that long after my fight career is finished, I will have a responsibility to serve my community and friends, especially those who can't afford the same opportunities, this is something my faith in God taught me."
She addressed how she views Rousey as a role model for women, siting her controversial "do nothing bitch" remarks and her actions after losing her belt to Holly Holm.
"When I see little girls rocking their DNB shirts and reebok shoes in the supermarket, I think about what poor examples of sportsmanship you have displayed. I think about you cursing The Preacher's Daughter at the weigh ins, refusing to shake Miesha Tate's hand following your victory, and all of the mean things you have said about me and my family. I hope you come back and get this 'redemption' people think you deserve. I am now in the UFC and you will not be able to use that excuse to avoid a fight with me. Your record is no longer perfect, and we have all seen your flaws, you can not take a shot."
And lastly she took aim at why she thinks Rousey never agreed to fight her all these years.
"I'm not trying to inspire you to suddenly become a better person, or become anything you're not. But there was a time in your life when you told people you wanted to fight me. Maybe you didn't quite understand the way the wold worked then, but you also didn't care what anyone thought. I guess what I'm trying to tell you is that you don't need to be the champ to fight me. Your flaws--your unsuccessful attempts at greatness or even mediocrity-- are real. The media made you out to be the greatest female fighter of all time, and that is beautiful, because now everyone knows the real reason why you avoided a fight against Cris Cyborg."
Rousey vs. Cyborg has been a dream fight for years, one that neither was willing to budge on. Rousey always wanted Cyborg to make the 135 weight class as she was the champion, while Cyborg wanted to meet in the middle at 140. So far it has not happened.
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