Despite several days of controversy and turmoil, UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg continues to defy the odds and remain the classy champion fight fans have grown to love.
After her year end main event at UFC 219 against Holly Holm, Cyborg was targeted by a Holm teammate, and sexually harassed for her appearance. In his original post Holly’s teammate stated, “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 [Holly Holm] see you back in the gym”
Cyborg immediately requested a public apology, and for the UFC to take action against the man, who was not only Holm’s teammate, but a UFC credentialed media member. “It is not acceptable for an official representative of @hollyholm @jacksonwink_mma to call me transgender following my Fight. Their official photographer was given a backstage credential to attend the @UFC and I expect an apology or their ability to get credentials for future UFC events to be affected by these actions. @ma2_media”
The UFC did take action, banning the photographer for life for his remarks, and Cris Cyborg once again kept things classy. “I want to thank the @ufc for showing their support. everyone is entitled to a work environment free from sexual harassment and prejudice.”
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
However, in a new post to her Instagram, Cris Cyborg sent a brief message to her last opponent. Instead of bashing her for the days of harassment, she took the high road and issued a show of respect to Holm.
Check it out:
Small gestures can describe great [love] #cyborgvsHolm #thankful #Respect #cyborgnation #ufc219