dana-white-98.jpgNEW YORK – UFC President Dana White today said the suspension of UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione was aimed more at evaluating his behavior than making a definitive statement about it.

“The suspension meant we’re going to look into this thing and talk to him,” White today told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com).

The UFC froze Mitrione’s contract earlier this month for offensive remarks he made about transgender fighter Fallon Fox. He also was fined an undisclosed amount and, according to White, complained about the hit to his pocketbook.

In the midst of a rant about Fox’s career as a professional MMA fighter, Mitrione called the 37-year-old fighter a “lying, sociopathic freak.”

White admitted the suspension and its timing wasn’t much of a punishment for Mitrione (6-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who earlier this month earned a first-round knockout of Phil De Fries at UFC on FUEL TV 9. On Wednesday, the UFC announced Mitrione’s suspension had concluded and scheduled him for a fight with Brendan Schaub (9-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) at UFC on FOX 8.

“What does that really mean? In other sports, a suspension means you lose games,” White said. “He’s not fighting right now, anyway. So we didn’t suspend him for three fights, two fights.”

Instead, it offered the promotion time to determine an appropriate punishment.

“When these kinds of things happen – normally how this works is my Twitter starts blowing up,” White said. “I don’t watch everything that goes on and hear everything that goes on. So then I start hearing about it, and [the Public Relations department] comes to us and says, ‘This guy just did this and this guy just said that,’ so I’ve got to get the whole crew together. We sit down, we look at what was said, and we put together a game plan of what we’re going to do.”

Today, Mitrione picked up a new critic: UFC light heavyweight champ Jon Jones, who called the fighter “a scumbag.”

A public apology never came from the fighter nicknamed “Meathead,” though White said Mitrione apologized privately and admitted his grave misbehavior.

Asked whether Mitrione should have made his remorse public, White agreed it would have been the right thing to do – if it were genuine.

“I don’t tell anybody to do anything,” he said. “If a guy comes out and says something stupid, I don’t go to him and say, ‘Here’s what you’re going to do. You’re going to apologize, and you’re going to do this and that.’ You can’t make somebody apologize. If I make him do it, it’s not real.

“That’s literally how I deal with people and how they handle things after they mess up. We’re all going to make mistakes. That’s normal. But how do you handle yourself after you make the mistake?”

White repeatedly has said he doesn’t disagree with Mitrione’s position that Fox may have an unfair advantage by competing against female fighters, but he took issue with the way Mitrione expressed it.

Asked what he would do with Mitrione’s fine, White quipped, “I’m going to go to dinner.”

For the latest on UFC on FOX 8, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Dana White)

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Dana White Comments on Brock Lesnar's Future with UFC

  • 27 days ago
  • 49 views

The UFC suspended Brock Lesnar for one year and fined him $250,000 after it was revealed he failed two drug tests prior to his win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200. It appears his time in the Octagon may be read news >>

Dana White Comments on Ronda Rousey, Amanda Nunes After UFC 207

  • 23 days ago
  • 221 views

UFC boss Dana White insisted Ronda Rousey has been left “devastated” after her brutal defeat against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 in Las Vegas. Making her long-awaited return to the Octagon, Rousey was pu read news >>

Dana White Dishes on 'Devastated' Ronda Rousey After UFC 207 Loss

  • 23 days ago
  • 85 views

Ronda Rousey is a lot of things, but above all else, she is a fierce competitor. She hates losing more than anything else and, now riding a two-fight losing streak after being beaten by Amanda Nunes read news >>

Dana White: Ronda Rousey Devastated Following Loss to Amanda Nunes | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 days ago
  • 325 views

UFC president Dana White said Ronda Rousey was 'devastated' after UFC 207 loss to Amanda Nunes. read news >>

Cody Garbrandt Down for Rematch, but Dana White Pegs T.J. Dillashaw Next | MMAWeekly.com

  • 23 days ago
  • 28 views

Newly crowned UFC bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt is living it up right now, but things are only going to get tougher for the new king of bantamweights. read news >>

Nunes vs. Rousey: Weigh-In Info, Top Comments Before UFC 207

  • 24 days ago
  • 127 views

The weigh-ins are over, the main event is official, the only thing left to do is get Amanda Nunes and Ronda Rousey in the Octagon to fight for the bantamweight title Friday night. Both Nunes and Rous read news >>

MMAjunkie Radio (1 p.m. ET): Max Holloway, Jeremy Stephens, Dan Tom, UFC 207 breakdown

  • 25 days ago
  • 3 views

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Max Holloway, Jeremy Stephens and Dan Tom.Filed under: MMAjunkie Radio, News, UFC read news >>

LeBron James Comments on Ronda Rousey After UFC 207 Loss vs. Amanda Nunes

  • 23 days ago
  • 85 views

Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James had words of support for MMA fighter Ronda Rousey after she lost her second straight fight on Saturday night, this time a 48-second knockout against Amanda read news >>

Ronda Rousey's Mom Comments on Star's Potential Retirement After UFC 207 Loss

  • 23 days ago
  • 86 views

Following Ronda Rousey's stunning 48-second loss to Amanda Nunes in Las Vegas at UFC 207 on Friday night, Rousey's mother, AnnMaria De Mars, expressed hope her daughter would consider retirement. As read news >>

Ronda Rousey Comments on Future in UFC

  • 23 days ago
  • 230 views

UFC fighter Ronda Rousey announced that she would take some time to contemplate her future in the sport after being knocked out by Amanda Nunes in 48 seconds at UFC 207. Rousey spoke about her pendin read news >>