There has been very little sympathy for Angela Magana within the MMA community since the women’s strawweight was assaulted by former Invicta FC featherweight champion and current UFC star Cris ‘Cyborg’ Justino at the UFC Athletes Retreat a couple of weeks back.
In fact, it seems as though most fighters believe that Magana, who had regularly poked fun at Justino through social media, received a degree of comeuppance from the Brazilian fighter.
One card carrying member of that group is former UFC women’s bantamweight queen, the recently retired Miesha Tate, who spoke about the incident during a media scrum in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday.
“That was a great day for me, I thought it was wonderful,” Tate said. “I wish she would have punched Angela harder. Angela is a bully, you know? She’s like a child who never grew up(via MMAFighting).”
“It’s not right,” she added. “And I think that there should be harsher consequences for people who publicly bully people on the internet in person, everything. So, I think she had it coming, and I don’t blame Cyborg a bit.”
‘Cyborg’ confronted Magana on the Sunday of the retreat, at which some 300 fighters were present, and began shouting at her before finally hitting her with a punch. Magana made it clear in the aftermath of the incident that she planned to press charges against Justino, claiming that she had fallen victim to an act of “roid rage”.
However, Tate feels as though the authorities should take into consideration the context in which the assault occurred.
“I hope that the legal system looks at everything, because [Magana] really had it coming,” said ‘Cupcake’. “So I’m Team Cyborg all the way with that.”
Magana has not fought in the UFC since July of 2015, when she lost via submission to Michelle Waterson.
‘Cyborg’ has been out since a September 2016 win over Lina Lansberg. The heavy-handed 145-pounder subsequently tested positive for a banned substance but she has since been granted a retroactive therapeutic-use exemption and has been cleared to return to action. The 31-year-old has been targeting fights with UFC women’s featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie and Invicta queen Megan Anderson.
Miesha Tate retired following a November 2016 loss to Raquel Pennington, which was her second in a row. She had dropped the women’s bantamweight crown to Amanda Nunes inside a round just over four months prior.