UFC officials have suspended Matt Mitrione after his appearances Monday on The MMA Hour in which he verbally attacked transgender fighter Fallon Fox.
“The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione today in an interview on the ‘MMA Hour,'” officials stated. “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.”
Mitrione made several derogatory comments about Fox, who competes in Florida. Mitrione and his management team have yet to comment on the situation.
Over the weekend, Mitrione snapped out of his losing ways by knocking out Phil De Fries.