The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has banned a staff photographer from future events after he made comments online insinuating a female mixed martial arts fighter looked like a man.
Mark Aragon – a photographer for professional MMA training academy Jackson Wink – was shooting the Women’s Featherweight title fight. But after it emerged Holly Holm, seemingly his favourite, had lost out to Cris Cyborg, the photographer uploaded an image of Cyborg to his Instagram, referring to her in the caption as a “dude”, and using the pronoun “he”.
The now-deleted post read:
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
Both Aragon and Jackson Wink have since released their own statements, attempting to explain the matter.
Cyborg acknowledged the post, but says that although she accepts their apology, she still hopes Aragon remains banned. Sure enough, the UFC have recalled Aragon’s press credentials, and banned him from all future events:
The UFC have commented, in a statement to MMA Fighting.
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.
Cyborg thanked them for their support.
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