Cris Cyborg loses sponsorship
Following a messy incident with fellow UFC fighter Angela Magana, Cris Cyborg loses a sponsor. It was during the UFC Athlete Retreat that Cris punched Angela following which a women’s athletic clothing brand, GRRRL, cancelled its sponsorship with the athlete. The company made a statement on its website saying that the fight industry highly condemned Cris’s conduct at the Retreat and also by the organisation that she is contracted to. Ironically, Cris spoke about cyberbullying and promoted female harmony and unity at the Retreat which totally goes against what she did with Angela. Considering the threat that this act of Cris can damage their promotion of female harmony and unity, the company decided to end their 12-month deal with Cris. Cyborg in her defence only had to say that she punched Angela because she bullied her multiple times on social media, making fun of her pictures while she visited kids at a Cancer Hospital. Cris also mentioned that the company GRRRL owed her $7,500 for an appearance and that because they had no money to pay her, they are using the punching incident as an excuse.
Arjan Bhullar to make promotional debut at UFC 216
The former Olympic wrestler, Arjan Bhullar is set to make his UFC debut against Luis Henrique at UFA 216 on 9th of September. The Canadian has won the wrestling gold medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and won the bronze medal at the Pan American Games in 2007 but was eliminated in the second round of the 2012 Olympics. As far as MMA is concerned, Bhullar made his debut in 2014 and had been winning all his pro fights so far while Henrique will be coming to this match after a third round TKO loss to Marcin Tybura. UFC is yet to make an official announcement for this event.
Conor McGregor makes the top 25 of Forbes’ highest-paid athlete’s list
It was no secret that Conor is the highest paid fighter in MMA, but it is great news that he is also now one of the highest-paid athletes in the world. According to the recently released list of top 25 of Forbes 2017 The World’s Highest Paid Athletes, Conor was tied with Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale. Both the athletes earned $34 million in 2016. Conor made a profit of $27 million from his fight purses and the remaining $7 million from sponsorships and endorsements. It is a massive jump in the list for the Irishman as he jumped from the 85th spot to the 25th spot and could go even higher with a tentative boxing match against Floyd Mayweather expected this year.