Mitrione Attacks Fallon Fox, Suspended, White Asks Why?, and Fox Responds

UFC heavyweight star, Matt Mitrione spoke out on controversial mixed martial arts fighter, Fallon Fox, explaining he hasn’t seen a man assault a woman like that since Chris Brown laid a hand on Rihanna. Because of his harsh words the Las Vegas based promotion suspended his contract pending an investigation under their code of conduct following the fighters outburst directed at Fox.

Speaking via MMAFighting, Mitrione said:

“Maybe instead of being ‘the Queen of Swords,’ Fallon Fox should consider being ‘The King of the Buffalos.’ I haven’t seen a man beat a woman like that since Chris Brown beat Rihanna. That is exceptional how he just beats innocent, unknowing women like that. Incredible. Because she’s not a he. He’s a he. 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. Thirty-one 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. Because you lied on your license to beat up women. That’s disgusting. You should be embarrassed yourself. And the fact that Florida licensed him because California licensed him or whoever the hell did it, it’s an embarrassment to us as fighters, as a sport, and we all should protest that. 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. I’m glad I could make fun of him a little bit because he’s obviously got some mental issues and wants to beat up on women.”

The following statement was provided by the UFC:

“The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione today in an interview on “the MMA Hour”.

“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.”

White, speaking during a recent media conference call, said:

“It’s one of those things, it’s just a pain in the ass. First of all, he didn’t even need to be doing an interview. I’m going to talk to these guys. The only time these guys really need to be doing interviews is leading up to fights. It ended up being a nightmare for him. What was the point of that interview? There was no point in it. Now it’s caused him a bunch of headaches and problems. It’s caused us a bunch of headaches and problems for no reason whatsoever.”

“He had just fought. He wouldn’t fight again for another few months and he’s still over enjoying himself in Sweden, what was the point in doing that interview? What was the upside in that interview? There was none. No upside.”

Fox, speaking via MMAFighting, responded:

“Matt Mitrione went well beyond disagreeing with the medical experts who say I should be able to compete as a woman, and personally attacked me as a fighter, as a woman, and as a human being. His comments do not reflect the spirit of our sport, where most competitors uphold values like respect and dignity.”

Fox has earned two victories since beginning her career as a female mixed martial artist, earning back-to-back first round TKO wins over fighters on the local circuit. With so much media directed at this unusual case it’s no surprise that she has a third fight lined up for the not so distant future.

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