In the perfect example of a story that refuses to die, transgendered fighter Fallon Fox is in the news again – or, more aptly, she is the raison d’etre of one particular news item. Matt Mitrione, fresh off his quick victory over Phil De Fries at UFC on Fuel TV 9 this past weekend, appeared on Ariel Helwani’s show “The MMA Hour” yesterday and went on a rant, speaking out against the notion of Fox competing against females. And now Mitrione has been suspended by his employers, the UFC. Was it a bad case of a “Meathead” sticking his foot in his mouth? Or was it just someone speaking the truth? Well, whatever it was, now the Fox issue is in the news again. Seriously, the last fighter with only two pro fights to get this much press was Kimbo Slice. Anyway, here’s your news:
• A fighter died competing in an amateur MMA show in Michigan on Saturday. The promotion was the Amateur Fighting Club, the fighter was Pablo Elochukwu, and the cause of death has yet to be determined. In Michigan, pro MMA is regulated but amateur is not, so it’s possible this death could provide some momentum for that to change.
• UFC stud welterweight Dong Hyun Kim gets paid.
• Other than the crowning of the next Ultimate Fighter, the bout that has the most “big picture” implications on Saturday’s TUF 17 Finale is the match-up between Miesha Tate and Cat Zingano. You know, because the winner gets to coach TUF 18 and have her arm ripped off by Ronda Rousey.