Cris Cyborg picked up perhaps the biggest win of her mixed martial arts (MMA) career last night (Sat. Dec. 30, 2017) in Las Vegas, Nevada after defeating Holly Holm in a thrilling five-round women’s Featherweight title fight, signaling Cris’s first-ever title defense.
But her frown quickly turned upside down after a credentialed photographer for Jackson-Winkeljohn MMA — Holly’s home gym — took to social media to repeatedly question her gender, calling her a “he” and “dude” after the champ took out his hero.
This dude is tough as hell! That being said at the press conference he said Holly was the first one to make his nose bleed! You are my hero @hollyholm see you back in the gym. #ufc219
The post was deleted shortly thereafter, but thankfully the snipers over at Bloody Elbow were able to get a screenshot of the post. Mark Aragon never quite apologized for his tasteless post, but did try to back track a bit by posting this, which was also deleted soon thereafter:
Instead of promoting an upcoming apology, he could always, I don’t know, apologize right away with sincerity and get it over with.
Just a thought.
Unfortunately for Cris, this isn’t the first time she’s been the victim of this type of bullying, as UFC president Dana White once called her Wanderlei Silvia in a dress, while Joe Rogan's comedic colleague Tony Hinchcliffe insisted she had a penis.
UFC, Cyborg, Holm nor the Jackson-Winklejohn have issued a statement regarding the post.
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