UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione is coming off of one of the most impressive performances of his career following his quick knockout of Philip De Fries at UFC on FUEL TV 9 in Stockholm, Sweden. Unfortunately for Mitrione, his status with the organization is now in question after appearing on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani and going on a rant that included some controversial comments about transgender fighter Fallon Fox.
Mitrione called Fox a ”disgusting freak” and continued to insult the transgender fighter with some comments that left the UFC with a sour taste in their mouths.
Here is the UFC’s statement on Mitrione’s contract situation, via BloodyElbow.com:
“The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione today in an interview on “the MMA Hour”.
“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.”
It is a bit strange to see the UFC deciding to speak up against these types of comments now, especially after UFC president Dana White is no stranger to homophobic rants of his own.
However, since the organization has started to go mainstream and even accept an openly homosexual fighter in Liz Carmouche, it is understandable that they would start to take a more PC approach to the sensitive topic.
Mitrione is a very talented fighter and he has finally returned to the win column, so it would be a shame to see his status with the organization in jeopardy after one of the most impressive performances of his career.
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