UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione seemed to have his career back on track after knocking out Phil De Fries in nineteen seconds last weekend at UFC on Fuel 9. However, Mitrione’s future may not be so bright after all, as “Meathead” lived up to his nickname yesterday when he launched into a rant targeted at transgendered fighter Fallon Fox so vicious it ultimately drew heat from the higher-ups at Zuffa.
During a segment on The MMA Hour, the 34-year old blasted Fox for attempting to face females despite being born a man.
“That is a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak. And I mean that, because you lied on your license to beat up women. That’s disgusting. You should be embarrassed yourself,” said Mitrione. “And the fact that Florida licensed him because California licensed him or whoever the hell did it, it’s an embarrassment to us as fighters, as a sport, and we all should protest that. The woman that’s fighting him, props to you. I hope you beat his ass, and I hope he gets blackballed and never fights again, because that’s disgusting and I’m appalled by that.”
As result of Mitrione’s remarks, the UFC decided to suspend his contract while reviewing the matter further, citing a “significant breach of the UFC’s code of conduct”. No details were offered on when a ruling would be made on his future with the organization.
The UFC’s full statement can be read below:
“The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione today in an interview on ” The MMA Hour”.
The organization finds Mr. Mitrione’s comments offensive and wholly unacceptable and – as a direct result of this significant breach of the UFC’s code of conduct – Mr. Mitrione’s UFC contract has been suspended and the incident is being investigated.
The UFC is a friend and ally of the LGBT community, and expects and requires all 450 of its athletes to treat others with dignity and respect.”
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