Cris Cyborg May Be Facing Felony Charges; Angela Magana Intends to Sue

Cris CyborgThough most altercations between fighters outside of the cage seem to eventually play out within the cage, that won’t happen with Cris “Cyborg” Justino and Angela Magana. For one, they are separated by two weight classes. It appears more likely their incident will be resolved in a courtroom, as Magana intends to sue Cyborg.

The incident occurred outside the fighter hotel during the UFC Athlete Retreat. Cyborg confronted Magana about the latter’s constant trolling of Cyborg via her social media accounts. The argument quickly escalated and Cyborg punched Magana in the face. A video of Cyborg punching Magana was later released via YouTube.

Magana later went to the hospital under her own power, according to police accounts. She was reportedly diagnosed with an “acute head injury, cervical strain, and laceration of the lip.” She was treated and released. Cyborg was initially charged with misdemeanor battery.

Magana now intends to pursue any and all legal means to make Cyborg pay for the incident.

“I’ve already retained a lawyer,” Magana told TMZ Sports, acknowledging that she intends to sue Cyborg. “Of course, most definitely. I have medical bills. I’m not going to pay those.”

Magana added that she has been in continuous talks with the district attorney’s office, which she said may increase the severity of the charge from a misdemeanor to a felony.

“I have another interview on the phone with the D.A. again this afternoon. I’ve been in talks with them. They are gonna be pressing assault charges. They want to press different assault charges, and it will be a felony.”

The incident did little to stifle Magana’s trash talk on social media. If anything, she’s only amped up her social media jabs, particularly with Cyborg supporters that have accused her of cyber bullying.

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“People are accusing me of cyber bullying,” Magana said. “Man, how many fighters would be in trouble for that if that was something that can be said between fighters? You have to have some kind of a mental toughness, a mental dexterity to be a fighter, especially this day and age with things like Twitter and social media. She gets what she has coming: She’s a cheater.

“She (expletive) up, big time. You can’t do what you did. Now I’m going to get you as hard as I can get you.”

(Video courtesy of TMZSports | Viewing may be limited by broadcast rights restrictions)

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Invicta FC Not Threatened by UFC Opening Women’s Flyweight Division

As it stands right now, there are few divisions with as much going on in it as the women’s 125-pound weight class. Multiple promotions have recently committed to the division, including Bellator and the UFC, but one company that has long supported it has been Invicta FC.

On Invicta’s May 20 show in Kansas City, Mo., the promotion featured six of the division’s top fighters, along with athletes from four other weight classes in one of its most competitive events to date.

“I think it was a really good event,” Invicta President Shannon Knapp told MMAWeekly.com. “There were quite a few exciting fights. There were a lot of decisions, but they were very competitively matched and good fights.

Invicta FC 23“I was impressed by a couple of performances. I thought the fight between (Shaiana) Rincon and (Brooksie) Bayard was a tough fight – they both fought tough. They’re both young in their careers, but they definitely have a lot of grit in their fighting style, and it’s always good to see that.”

Invicta 23 featured three split decisions, but it was the evening’s main event where Agnieszka Niedzwiedz defeated Vanessa Porto via unanimous decision that might have been the most contested in the eyes of many.

“I think there was a little bit of controversy in that fight, in who the fans thought won that fight,” said Knapp. “Both are extremely talented athletes.

“That win for Agnieszka over Vanessa really sets her up for being in title contention. We’ll see how things go and how things shake out, but I will look for her to be sitting at the top of that list.”

With recent signings by Bellator and the UFC’s decision to add the 125-pound weight class and crown a champion via The Ultimate Fighter, Knapp feels a weight class she has long heralded will become one of the signature divisions in all of MMA.

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“I’ve been lobbying and rallying for 125ers being in the UFC for some time now,” Knapp said. “I couldn’t be more pleased. I think it’s going to be one of the best divisions for females – or any division (overall) – in the UFC.”

Knapp isn’t worried about the loss of some of her fighters to the UFC’s expansion into the 125-pound division because of recent Invicta signings that will make their way to the company as soon as their next event.

“Quite a few of them will make an appearance in July,” said Knapp. “I think people will be happy with the July card. Hopefully they’re happy with all the cards, but I think July is going to be a really stacked, good card.”

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Could Vitor Belfort Be Headed to Bellator After Final UFC Fight?

Vitor Belfort had originally planned on heading into retirement after fulfilling his current UFC contract. Now, he appears interested in fights with Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen.

Belfort is slated to meet Nate Marquardt at UFC 212 on June 3 in Rio de Janeiro, which is the final fight of his current UFC contract. The Brazilian had been planning on retiring following that fight, but now, it seems he wants to continue competing.

Vitor Belfort UFC Fortaleza“Technically and physically, Vitor has full conditions to continue fighting,” his manage, Gustavo Lacerda, said during the MMA Ganhador podcast, as reported by MMAFighting. “Of course, he has the hormonal deficiency everybody knows… But I think he lit up his fire again. We’ll go fight by fight. First, we’ll think about his fight with Nate Marquardt, and then we have more good things ahead.”

Belfort has mentioned a League of Legends idea in the past, where fighters that are getting on in years or are toward the end of their careers could match-up, perhaps even under modified rules to compensate for declining physical abilities.

While he wouldn’t likely be fighting under modified rules, it sounds as if Belfort is interested in moving on to somewhere he can compete against other fighters in their twilight years. Specifically, his manager appears to have Bellator bouts in mind against the likes of Silva and Sonnen, who will fight each other at Bellator NYC in June.

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“What I think it’s possible to imagine is: what does the MMA fan wants?” Lacerda said. “He wants to see Vitor vs. Wanderlei, wants to see Vitor vs. Sonnen. He wants these type of fights. And it’s the type of fights that interest us. Vitor doesn’t need to prove anything regarding to ranking or title. The idea is to have fights that are interesting. Interest the fans, and interest the fighter.

“I’m particularly crazy to see Vitor vs. Wanderlei,” he continued. “It’s a fight I pay to see. There are fights people want to see, and those are the fights that are interesting. Where it will be, and how it will be, I can’t say anything right now. But they might happen.”

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