Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s featherweight champion Cristiane Justino (also known as Cris Cyborg) has issued a submittal plea in the Las Vegas Municipal Court after an incident dating back to May 2017 when she was cited for battery by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department after punching fellow fighter Angela Magana during a UFC Athlete Retreat.
The incident was reported as retaliation by Cyborg, who accused Magana of bullying her on social media. TMZ reported that Magana went to the hospital following the altercation and was treated for a cut.
Cyborg wrote on her website that she has attended an anger management course as a result of the incident and feels she has learned from her experience.
“The entire experience was a learning opportunity,” Cyborg told her website. “After the completion of my anger management class, I feel I have gained additional tools which will help me make better decisions on how to handle the negative effects of online bullying and harassment within the work place. I am glad to move forward from the experience and have already started to create a national anti-bullying program, which I hope will help others dealing with similar examples of online bullying to find positive outcomes while empowering them with the self-confidence it requires to move past the experience.”
A submittal plea in Nevada allows first-time offenders to have misdemeanor charges dismissed, meaning that Cyborg has accepted the charge and paid a $398 fine to have the case dismissed.
Cyborg is coming off a devastating first-round TKO of Yana Kunitskaya at UFC 222 in March and has recently spoken about moving into the world of boxing. The 32-year-old did come out recently expressing interest in taking on the winner of Megan Anderson and Holly Holm before she challenges women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes to a super fight.