Cyborg Calls for Unity in Wake of Conor-Khabib Tweet War
Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have been the center point of talk around the MMA community once again, but this week it’s not all for the right reasons. And now, one fellow UFC fighter has called on her fellow fighters to set a better example.
Lightweight rivals McGregor and Nurmagomedov got into a personal, heated battle over Twitter that crossed boundaries as McGregor attacked Nurmagomedov’s wife, culture and religion. Meanwhile, Nurmagomedov called McGregor a “rapist,” in the wake of his alleged sexual assault investigation in Ireland, and posted a photo of a woman McGregor is alleged to have had an illegitimate child with.
The UFC was forced to step in to put a halt to both men, while many across the MMA community — from fighters, to fans, to media members — expressed disappointment and disgust at both men’s actions.
In her own tweet expressing thoughts on the matter, Cyborg feels that with increased mainstream media exposure for the UFC, and MMA in general, fighters must conduct themselves in a more professional manner, including online.
Sometimes I wish athletes in the @ufc were held to a code of conduct similar to athletes in the @nfl @nba @mlb For The things they say online. Now that the sports is on @ESPN we are in the homes of more kids! We need to unite not divide…this is what sports are for! pic.twitter.com/Hpv3MEaxa6
— CRIS CYBORG (@criscyborg) April 3, 2019
In her tweet, Cyborg hinted at a Code of Conduct for online and social media presence. The UFC released a Code of Fighter Conduct Policy (which can be viewed here) in 2013, not long after Matt Mitrione made controversial remarks about transgender fighter Fallon Fox. Jon Jones was suspended indefinitely and stripped of the UFC light heavyweight title under this policy following his 2015 hit-and-run, while Nate Diaz was suspended under this policy in 2013 after calling another fighter a homophobic slur.
Perhaps the lone memorable instance of the UFC acting on online behavior was when the promotion cut former WEC bantamweight champion Miguel Torres in December 2011, after he posted a rape joke in which he quoted the TV show Workaholics. Torres apologized for the tweet and was re-hired three weeks later.
Original Story: MMAJunkie