UFC Revokes JacksonWink MMA Photographer’s Credentials After Cris Cyborg Comment

JacksonWink MMA staff member Mark Aragon made a gender-based insulting comment at current women’s featherweight champ Cris Cyborg after her dominating win over former bantamweight champ Holly Holm at UFC 219 on Saturday, December 30.

Those offensive comments upset Cyborg and caused a huge backlash online after an incendiary social media post, where he refers Cyborg a ‘dude’ and ‘he’ multiple times.

On Monday, Cris Cyborg demanded an apology from Aragon and the team a day later-Before JacksonWink MMA issued their non-apology statement that attempted to explain their side of the story.

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Cyborg asked the UFC to take action against Aragon who is a photographer for the JacksonWink MMA gym, has been credentialed for UFC events as a photographer.

Regardless, those remarks seem so unprofessional and put a bad look on the losing team.

On Tuesday, UFC released a statement that photographer Aragon would no longer be allowed into UFC events (according to MMAFighting).

“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.”

As per Cris Cyborg’s apology request, Mark Aragon respond with a lengthy message on Social Media.


As the most hated photographer in the world today, I feel its necessary to comment on the recent fall out I’m causing for both Hollys and Cyborgs camps, and their respectful friends, fans, and families. At the conclusion of UFC 219, I took the final bus out of the arena back to the hotel and ended up on the same bus as Chris Cyborg and her team. As I sat in the back I began to hear them cheer and revel in their victory and discuss small parts of the event. A couple things really bothered me. I heard them laughing and commenting on a picture that renowned photographer Esther Lin took of Cyborgs toes literally in Hollys eye from a kick. Cyborg then went on to discuss how during clinches “the bitch” just “stayed and hugged her but she did nothing”. When I got back to the hotel I posted a picture with an inappropriate caption that everyone is now talking about. I was obviously acting out of anger and frustration. My personal emotions got in the way of my professional status which I failed to adhere to. But there is more to it, Cyborg leading up to the fight through her own Social Media accounts accused Holly and our camp of being the most drug failed camp ever. This is a totally fabricated lie and can’t be based on any merit whatsoever. Only one CURRENT athlete from our camp has ever been punished for USADA related issues and I was extremely frustrated with the perception that Cyborg and her fans had painted us as cheaters and losers. Jackson Wink had over 60 UFC fights throughout the world and hundreds of other fighters fighting all around the world at many different organizations. Every fighter has their home team based out of whatever country or state they hail from and come here for training, some of them with their own teams. We absolutely can’t be responsible for each and every one of their daily activities. That being said I am embarrassed by my actions and I sincerely apologize to @criscyborg riscyborg and her friends, fans, and most importantly her family for posting such an ugly misrepresentation of a great hard earned championship retention. I also want to apologize to the members of team Jacksonwink who were effected by that insincere post.

Cyborg accepted Aragon’s apology but also emphasized on her initial request for him to have his credentials to be taken away and seems like promotion did listen to her request.

Published on January 3, 2018 at 12:00 am
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