ByKel Dansby, writer at
Kel Dansby

UFC president Dana White has made it known that the promotion's women's featherweight division was developed for Cris Cyborg, but due to a troubling weight cut for her September fight with Lina Lansberg, Cyborg took time off to allow her body to heal.

During that process, she failed a USADA administered test and has been in limbo ever since. Dana White went on with plans to create the division and orchestrated the UFC 208 main event between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie.

There have been conflicting reports of Cyborg's future, and whether she'd be facing a lengthy suspension for the failed test, but Dana White decided to clear the air during ESPN's Brett Okamoto's 5ive Rounds interview.

"We did this [create women's featherweight division] obviously because Cyborg was freaking out and didn't want to make 135 or 140[lbs], so we pulled the trigger," said White.

"Then the stuff goes down with her and USADA, which is actually looking really good now by the way. Apparently, the three things that she has is what the medicine is used for, so it's looking really good. It was looking bad for a minute and now it's looking better. "

White's confidence in Cyborg's USADA situation led to him making a pretty bold guarantee.

Anyone who's seen women's MMA knows that Cyborg is the rightful champion of the featherweight division, but it'll be hard for Dana White to tell Amanda Nunes that she doesn't have a case for a title shot if Germain de Randamie, a woman she's defeated, wins the title at UFC 208.


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