There are different types of insults in mixed martial arts. Some are witty one liners, some are personal attacks, and some are what Cris Cyborg just sent Amanda Nunes’ coach Conan Silveira’s way.
Nunes and Cyborg have been in a thus far civil debate over whether or not they should fight in Cyborg’s next appearance in the Octagon. While Nunes believes it’s the fight most fans would like to see, Cyborg believes she has a duty to build the women’s featherweight division by facing legitimate 145-pound female fighters.
But while Cyborg seems to be okay with Nunes attempting to get the match up made, she is less than impressed with fellow Brazilian and American Top Team coach Conan Silveira pushing for the two women to fight.
In a lengthy statement to MMAFighting.com, Cyborg laid some serious accusations at Silveira’s door, claiming he had no honour, and was merely a man for hire.
“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.”