matt-mitrione-17.jpgTwo days after his 19-second knockout win over Philip De Fries, UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione has had his contract suspended by the promotion.

In a Monday appearance on “The MMA Hour,” Mitrione called Fox a “lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak.”

In response, the UFC issued a statement saying the “TUF 10? veteran’s contract has been suspended and he will be investigated.

“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.”

The UFC in January announced a code of conduct for its fighters under contract.

Fox has been a near-permanent fixture in MMA news for the better part of the past month after SI.com reported that Fox, 37, had gender reassignment surgery in 2006 along with supplemental hormonal therapy.

Fox holds a 5-0 combined record as a professional and amateur fighter with all five wins coming in the first round. But the controversy has been centered around her potential opponents and whether they’re entering into fair fights with her.

Peggy Morgan recently told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) she wasn’t convinced that Fox didn’t hold a physical advantage over other women in the cage, despite the fact that “socially, yes, she is a woman.”

In the interview, Mitrione repeated referred to Fox as “he” and “him” and said he was “appalled” by Fox fighting other women.

“It’s an embarrassment to us as fighters, as a sport, and we all should protest that,” Mitrione said. “The woman that’s fighting him, props to you. I hope you beat his ass, and I hope he gets blackballed and never fights again because that’s disgusting and I’m appalled by that.”

Mitrione (6-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) on Saturday snapped a two-fight losing skid at UFC on FUEL TV 9 when he stopped De Fries quickly in the first round in Sweden. How quickly, if at all, he’ll be allowed back in the octagon to go after a second straight win remains to be seen.

Mitrione did not immediately return a request for comment.

For more on UFC on FUEL TV 9, stay tuned to the UFC Events section of the site.

(Pictured: Matt Mitrione)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Demetrious Johnson, UFC Agree on New Contract: Details, Comments, Reaction

  • 15 days ago
  • 62 views

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has agreed to a new eight-fight contract with UFC, ensuring he'll continue his dominant title run with the company. As shared by Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com read news >>

Demetrious Johnson, UFC Agree on New Contract: Details, Comments, Reaction

  • 15 days ago
  • 4 views

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson has agreed to a new eight-fight contract with UFC, ensuring he'll continue his dominant title run with the company. As shared by Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com read news >>

Joe Rogan Comments on Potential Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor Fight

  • 22 days ago
  • 340 views

UFC commentator Joe Rogan thinks Conor McGregor has what it takes to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. should the two fight in the future, although he concedes it’s unlikely the two will face off. Speculatio read news >>

Dana White Comments on Relationship with Conor McGregor

  • 20 days ago
  • 85 views

UFC President Dana White stated Wednesday that he's worked to repair his relationship with Conor McGregor after a period of verbal warfare that led to a brief retirement for one of the promotion's bi read news >>

Newly Crowned ONE Atomweight Champ Angela Lee Signs Huge New Contract

  • 18 days ago
  • 18 views

Earlier in May, Angela Lee won the inaugural ONE women’s atomweight title. On Thursday, it was announced the 19-year-old had signed a bumper new pay deal. read news >>

Dana White Comments on UFC Owners' Pursuit of Purchasing NFL Team

  • 18 days ago
  • 8 views

UFC President Dana White denied a Tuesday report from ESPN.com's Darren Rovell suggesting the promotion's majority owners, Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta of Zuffa, are looking to sell the business, but h read news >>

Bellator Cuts Lightweight Champ Will Brooks, Strips Heavyweight Champion Vitaly Minakov

  • 17 days ago
  • 276 views

Bellator MMA on Saturday released disgruntled lightweight champion Will Brooks from his contract and stripped the heavyweight belt from Vitaly Minakov. read news >>

Michael Bisping Replaces Chris Weidman at UFC 199: Latest Comments, Reaction

  • 13 days ago
  • 30 views

UFC has found a replacement for the injured Chris Weidman at UFC 199, as Michael Bisping will challenge Luke Rockhold on June 4, per Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. Per Jason Floyd of the MMA read news >>

Conor McGregor Comments on Meeting with Dana White, Lorenzo Fertitta

  • 11 days ago
  • 258 views

UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor said he is in a "good place" with the UFC after meeting with co-owner Lorenzo Fertitta and president Dana White on Wednesday. The two sides met in Los Angele read news >>

BJ Penn Pulled from UFC 199: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

  • 7 days ago
  • 127 views

UFC fans will not get the opportunity to watch BJ Penn square off against Cole Miller at UFC 199 in Los Angeles on June 4. According to a statement on the UFC’s official website, Penn was suspended b read news >>