Cris Cyborg is one of the nicest people you'll ever meet outside of a cage and a solid candidate for WMMA GOAT to boot. But because we suck as human beings, you're always going to hear peanut gallery conversations about how she ‘looks like Wanderlei Silva in a dress.‘
Considering Instagram comments are one step above YouTube comments on the trash scale, you almost expect to see dumb stuff like "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!" What is surprising is that it came from someone on Holly Holm's JacksonWink team, specifically their video and media director Mark Aragon.
His words got back to Cyborg, who is no stranger to having mean things said about her. Lately she's been a bit more proactive about standing up for herself, whether that involves punching another woman on the roster or calling out bullying like this. In addition to an apology, Cyborg asked UFC to revoke Aragon's ringside credentials. That's something its has now done. Here's its statement:
“UFC is aware and troubled with the recent statements made by a social media representative from the JacksonWink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico as it concerns women’s featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg. UFC does not condone or tolerate the remarks that were used. The organization has reached out to the JacksonWink team to inform them that the individual in question will not be granted access for future events.”
And Cyborg was quick to respond:
I want to thank the @ufc for showing their support. everyone is entitled to a work environment free from sexual harassment and prejudice pic.twitter.com/u3AwIVIUkL— #CyborgNation (@criscyborg) January 3, 2018
Aragon called himself "the most hated photographer on the internet" when he posted an apology of sorts on Instagram. In it he claimed that he only said those things because he overheard Cyborg mocking Holm after the win. An official statement from JacksonWink said basically the same thing.
Whatever happened to just saying, “Sorry for being a dick,” or “Hey, sorry my teammate did a dick thing?”