A lot of controversy has followed the UFC 219 headliner between UFC Featherweight champion, Cris Cyborg, and challenger, Holly Holm. But not for any fight-related reasons. But instead for comments made by one of the JacksonWink MMA gym photographers after the fight. In case you missed the comments they can be seen below.
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
This did not sit well with a lot of people as one would imagine…Cyborg included. But some of those people also include fellow members of the JacksonWink MMA team, such as longtime staple, Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone who had this to say on Instagram today:
TEAM! I have been a part of @gregjacksonmma before my first WEC fight. The recent comments made by their social media team don’t represent the team that I know, love and fight for.
It kind of makes you wonder if this rift that’s been somewhat created could get fighters to leave the gym. It’s never great to see situations like this but since the initial post from the photographer, he came out with this post:
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.
As for other fighters chiming in on this situation, UFC Middleweight, Derek Brunson took straight to the comment section:
He’s an idiot. He doesn’t represent the gym or the real JMMA fighters. He’s a loud moth who found his way in the gym. Great fight between you and Holly!
This article first appeared on BJPenn.com on 1/1/2018