Photo of Cris Cyborg by Esther Lin/STRIKEFORCE
"I watched all fights but the last one, Ronda's, [because] a woman working on the event came to tell me I had to leave because the commission doesn't accept suspended athletes on the shows. My manager talked to the guys at the commission and there's really a law that says that. I was upset for the way they treated me. They could've pulled me on a corner and told me, not in front of the fans. I was taking pictures and they interrupted me, saying I had to go. It was very disrespectful. I believe a champion deserves to be treated with respect. Everyone knows an athlete's life isn't easy, so all fighters deserve respect. When I was in Brazil I watched UFC and there was no problem."
-- Former Strikeforce women's featherweight champion ,Cristiane Justino, details (via Tatame) how she was disrespectfully asked to leave last weekend's (Aug. 18, 2012) Strikeforce: "Rousey vs. Kaufman" event in San Diego, California. "Cyborg" says she was able to sit and watch all of the nights action, but when the main event between the promotion's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and Sarah Kaufman was about to begin, she was asked to leave the premises because of the fact that the California Athletic State Commission (CSAC) doesn't allow suspended fighters in the arenas during fights. Justino is currently on suspension after being popped for steroids and stripped of her title back in January of this year. It's rather odd, really, that CSAC officials waited until the main event to begin to ask the Brazilian bomber to leave. No one in the arena was perhaps as eager to see the135-pound title fight than "Cyborg," seeing as how she has been lobbying for a fight with Rousey. Too bad she didn't get to see the bout live and in person, but perhaps one day she'll actually get the opportunity to step back inside the cage to settle her score with "Rowdy" for real.