After a spectacular victory on Saturday in Sweden, Matt Mitrione was seemingly on top of the world. And now he’s been suspended for a bit for letting out his feelings about transgendered fighter Fallon Fox.
“She’s not a he, he’s a he,” the TUF Season 10 contestant said on MMA Fighting’s ‘MMA Hour’ to uber-journalist Ariel Helwani this afternoon.
“He’s chromosomally a man. He had a gender change, not a sex change. He’s still a man. He was a man for 31 years, 31 years. That’s a couple years younger than I am. He’s a man. Six years of taking performance de-hancing drugs you think is going to change all that? That’s ridiculous.
“That is a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak. And I mean that.”
The UFC acted promptly to suspend the former NFL lineman.
“The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione [on Monday] in an interview on the ‘MMA Hour,’ ” the UFC 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.”