Cris Cyborg Loses GRRRL Sponsorship Over Angela Magana Incident, Says Company Still Owes Her Money
Cris Cyborg lost her sponsorship with GRRRL, a women’s athletic clothing brand, after she punched fellow fighter and internet bully, Angela Magana, at the 2017 UFC Athlete Retreat last month. It’s no secret that Magana was taunting Cyborg relentlessly on Twitter and Instagram to the dismay of fight fans and media officials across the MMA spectrum.
GRRRL released a statement on their website regarding their withdrawal of support for Cyborg and the cancellation of their one year deal.
“Unfortunately, within a matter of hours of appearing and speaking at our event, Cris was involved in “battery” of another fighter on the street outside a UFC retreat,” the statement read. “Cris’s conduct in this regard has broadly been condemned by the fight industry and the organization by whom she is contracted as a fighter.
“As a company with representation and brand ambassadors amongst girls as young as 6, we cannot publically [sic] condone this behaviour especially as the behaviour is directly in conflict with the messages Cris shared at the event, one of our speakers on cyber bullying and our company message to promote female harmony and unity.”
The Las Vegas city attorney has not yet determined whether they will pursue charges against Cyborg. Before Angela Magana took down her social media pages, she was adamant about pursuing Cyborg through legal channels for the alleged assault that was captured on video outside of the fighters’ hotel.
In the meantime, Cyborg wrote on social media that she did an appearance for GRRRL that weekend, fulfilling her sponsorship obligations, but has yet to be paid the $7500 she was to receive, and insinuated that GRRRL is using the incident as an excuse to withhold her payment.
According to GRRRL: “This conduct has the potential to diminish the tireless work by our amazing network of women throughout the world to support female harmony and unity,” the statement read. “As a consequence of these matters, it is with regret that our sponsorship of Cris has come to an end.”
At the moment it seems Cyborg’s career with the UFC is in limbo, and only time will tell how things will unfold for the dominant featherweight. Fight fans are divided regarding the incident, with some saying Magana deserved what she got, and others citing the need for professionalism in the sport of MMA to maintain its image and stronghold in the global arena of professional athletics.
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