UFC Suspends Matt Mitrione’s Contract After Controversial Comments on Transgender Fighter

Written by Tom Ngo
April 8th, 2013
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Just two days after seemingly getting his career back on the right track, the UFC has suspended the contract of Matt Mitrione (pictured) following controversial comments the heavyweight made regarding Fallon Fox, a transgender mixed martial arts athlete.

Among many of the non-politically correct remarks Mitrione made about the male-turned-female fighter on Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour,” in addition to constantly referring to Fox as a “he,” the 34-year-old said Fox was a “disgusting freak.”

“He’s chromosomally a man,” Mitrione said of Fox. “He had a gender change, not a sex change. He’s still a man. He was a man for 31 years. Thirty-one years. That’s a couple years younger than I am. He’s a man. Six years of taking performance de-hancing drugs, you think is going to change all that? That’s ridiculous.

“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 … I hope he gets blackballed and never fights again, because that’s disgusting and I’m appalled by that.”

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution gives every American the right to freedom of speech. However, that doesn’t mean there won’t be consequences for what comes out of your mouth.

The UFC moved swiftly to distance themselves from Mitrione’s insensitive remarks.

“The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione today in an interview on “the MMA Hour,” the promotion expressed in a statement. “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.”

Fox revealed her transgender status last month. The 37-year-old underwent gender reassignment, breast augmentation and hair transplant surgeries in Bangkok in 2006.

She owns a 2-0 professional record, with both wins coming against unsuspecting females. Fox is currently slated to compete May 24 at CFA 11, but Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation is presently investigating her licensing.

Mitrione, meanwhile, snapped his two-fight skid by knocking out Philip De Fries this past Saturday at UFC on FUEL TV 9.

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