Matt Mitrione - MMAWEEKLYLast week, UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione was among the group of competitors confirmed for action this summer at UFC on FOX 8. However, separating Mitrione from the pack was the Ultimate Fighter 10 alumnus’ status as a freshly-suspended fighter whose future looked uncertain after laying into transgendered Mixed Martial Artist Fallon Fox in a way deemed unacceptable by his superiors.

Mitrione got himself into hot water three weeks ago by labeling Fox as “a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak” based on her decision to face females as an individual who was born a man. Legally, Fox is considered a woman though controversy understandably remains in the minds of many given the circumstances.

Now, with a bout against Brendan Schaub on the horizon, Mitrione appears to have redeemed himself in the eyes of Zuffa brass and, based on some recent statements to MMAJunkie, it’s easy to see why.

“I want to apologize for my hurtful comments about Fallon Fox and a group within our society which, in truth, I know nothing about,” admitted Mitrione of his mistake. “I know now there’s an important line between expressing an opinion on a subject and being hurtful and insensitive. I crossed that line by expressing my views in an ugly, rude and inappropriate manner.”

“I know there are people who look up to UFC athletes, and I let them and myself down by setting a very poor example,” he added.

The 34-year old was also very clear about his sentiments being genuine rather than a stunt aimed at sweeping the situation under the rug.

“Anyone can say, ‘I’m sorry’ to get themselves out of trouble. That’s not the kind of person I want to be,” said Mitrione. “I am embarrassed I chose to express myself in such a fashion and am looking forward to living up to this apology through my future actions, words and conduct.”