UFC Bans Photographer After Calling Female Fighter ‘Dude’ & ‘He’ On Instagram
It looks like Jackson Wink MMA photographer Mark Aragon will not be attending any more Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events.
This move came after Aragon posted an offensive comment in an Instagram post about Cris Cyborg, referring to the women’s champion as a man.
After Holly Holm lost a five-round verdict to Cyborg, Aragon posted a photo of Cyborg on his Instagram with the caption, “This dude is tough as hell!… Holly was the first one to make his nose bleed.” Aragon continued, “You are my hero @hollyholm see you back in the gym.”
After Aragon’s post, several UFC journalists condemned the comments and distanced themselves from the photographer.
Cyborg responded to the post and demanded an apology or that Aragon’s credentials be revoked. Aragon later apologized but also attempted to justify his remarks. He claimed that he had overheard Cyborg calling Holm a “bitch” and laughing about a picture in which the champion’s toes were Holm’s eyes after delivering a kick.
Despite his apology, Aragon is still banned from future events. The statement reads, “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.”