Matt Mitrione, a former NFL football player turned UFC fighter, picked up a beautiful win in the heavyweight division on Saturday against Phil De Fries. However, two days after his 19-second win via KO, “Meathead” got suspended by the Zuffa banner for a statement he made on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani. The target was Fallon Fox, a transgender MMA fighter that is currently getting lots of attention in the media about her identity. Mitrione weighed in on the topic and called Fox a “lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak.”
Shortly thereafter, the UFC issued the following statement:
“The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione today in an interview on The MMA Hour,” the statement read. “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 (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community, and expects and requires all 450 of its athletes to treat others with dignity and respect.”
Sounds like the UFC is really taking the code of conduct for its fighters seriously since January, and just maybe “Meathead” never got the memo. Harsh or not, he is officially suspended now and Fox is currently allowed to beat up on women. It’s a weird situation.
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