The fallout from the ugly incident between Cris Cyborg and Angela Magana that saw the fearsome Striker deck “Your Majesty” right on the mouth during a recent UFC Athlete Retreat in Las Vegas, Nevada (see it) is still going strong.
Unfortunately, this time it will hit Cyborg right in her pocket as GRRRL, one of her sponsors, severed all ties with the fearsome striker due to the fact that the incident violated terms of her contract.
From the statement (via MMA Fighting).
In response to criticism of GRRRL in respect of our recent dealings with Cris Cyborg, we consider it is necessary to present the background to what SHOULD have remained a private matter in respect of our commercial sponsorship of Cris. A little over a month ago we entered into a 12 month sponsorship agreement with Cris, to cover a personal appearance at our GRRRL:Live event in Las Vegas combined with an ongoing 12 month commitment through Cris’s social media channels. Unfortunately, within a matter of hours of appearing and speaking at our event, Cris was involved in “battery” of another fighter on the street outside a UFC retreat. Cris’s conduct in this regard has broadly been condemned by the fight industry and the organization by whom she is contracted as a fighter. As a company with representation and brand ambassadors amongst girls as young as 6, we cannot publically condone this behaviour especially as the behaviour is directly in conflict with the messages Cris shared at the event, one of our speakers on cyber bullying and our company message to promote female harmony and unity. This conduct has the potential to diminish the tireless work by our amazing network of women throughout the world to support female harmony and unity. As a consequence of these matters, it is with regret that our sponsorship of Cris has come to an end. We wish Cris well with her continued professional career. And every success in the future. We are unable to comment any further in respect of this matter as it is now being handled by our legal team.
According to Cyborg, however, her release is nothing but an attempt from the company to avoid having to pay her money still owed to her.
My public appearance fee was 7500$ they don't have the money to pay this and are looking for excuses after the event wasn't profitable pic.twitter.com/SBnCvJgkW2— #UFC214 #LetsGoChamp (@criscyborg) June 9, 2017
The meet and greet was at a swingers hotel and after weeks of advertising me for a speaking engagement they sold tixs and I did they dnt pay— #UFC214 #LetsGoChamp (@criscyborg) June 9, 2017
I spoke at this seminar and people paid to see me @KortneyOlson @GrrrlClothing agreed to pay me to speak but after event there's no payment pic.twitter.com/05BiOlBtYg— #UFC214 #LetsGoChamp (@criscyborg) June 9, 2017
Still, Cris can find comfort in knowing that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is still in business with her, as company president Dana White recently stated that she would definitely be competing at the upcoming UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Anaheim, California against an opponent to be named later.
Until then, it looks like Cris has yet another legal battle on her hands to take care of.