The UFC announced Monday evening that they were suspending Mitrione’s contract for his remarks regarding Fox. The transgender fighter has made a headlines in the last month after SI.com reported that she had transgender surgery in 2006 in conjuntion with supplemental hormonal therapy.
Mitrione was on the “The MMA Hour” discussing his victory over Phillip De Fries at UFC on Fuel TV 9 on Saturday, then started to discuss Fox. Mitrione called Fox a “lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak.” The heavyweight also called Fox on numerous occasions throughout the interview as “he and him”.
The UFC implemented at the beginning of this year a code of conduct for all of their fighters under contract. Here is the statement the UFC released regarding the suspension of Mitrione’s contract:
“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.”
Fox has a record of 5-0 as a professional and amateur fighter with all five wins coming in the first round. But controversy has been centered around her potential opponents and whether they’re entering into fair fights with her.
BetweenTheRopes has tried to reach out to Mitrione and his team, but no comment has been returned as of this writing.
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