Watch The Whole Episode Of “Countdown To UFC 165″

UFC 165 takes place tonight from the Air Canada Centre from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The card has two titles with the main event being Jon Jones defending his UFC light heavyweight championship against Alexander Gustafsson. The co-main event will be Renan Barao defending his interim UFC interim bantamweight championship against Eddie Wineland.

The UFC aired their show preview show, “Countdown to UFC 165″, featuring the Jones vs Gustafsson, Barao vs Wineland and Brendan Schaub vs Matt Mitrione heavyweight tilt.

Here is the preview of the main event of Jones vs Gustafsson:

Here is the preview for the co-main event of Barao vs Wineland:

Here is the preview for Schaub vs Mitrione:

Make sure you stay tuned tonight for our coverage of UFC 165.

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Between The Ropes MMA Podcast 1- Duane Finley

We have decided to not only get more into the pro wrestling side, but we are now getting more into the MMA side as well. We will be doing a weekly podcast with either me and Brian Fritz or one of us with another journalist. talks to MMA Columnist Duane Finley as we preview the UFC TUF 17 Finale that takes place tomorrow night. We also get Duane’s thoughts on the Matt Mitrione/Fallon Fox controversy. We then get into a variety of topics in the world of MMA.

So take a listen below and give us your thoughts.

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UFC Releases Code of Conduct Policy

The UFC is the biggest MMA organization in the world today. It is the NFL, NBA and MLB all rolled into one. What those three major sporting leagues had that the UFC didn’t was a code of conduct policy. With the organization now having over 400 fighters, the fighters are bound to get into trouble. They are human beings mind you.

The organization’s attorney Lawrence Epstein earlier this year released the code of conduct policy. The policy is in place so if fighters do things like commit serious crimes or make crude remarks, things of that nature, they are subject to discipline.

We wrote a piece yesterday regarding UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione making crude remarks against transgender fighter Fallon Fox on Monday. The UFC later on Monday suspended Mitrione’s contract due to those remarks. People hear news like this and wonder what is actually in the UFC’s Code of Conduct Policy.

The UFC released the policy last night to Yahoo Sports exactly what is in the policy, which you can see above. The Yahoo Sports report staes that the UFC policy was created with the help of Washington D.C law firm, Covington & Burling. The law firm also did a similar policy like the NFL and MLB.

Read the policy above and give us your thoughts. Will the policy make fighters more aware and not commit serious crimes, will it curtail things like PED usage? Only time will tell.

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The UFC Suspends Matt Mitrione For Comments On Fallon Fox

mitrioneMatt Mitrione was having a pretty good couple days until late Monday.

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 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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