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UFC Fighter Matt Mitrione Suspended For Slamming Transgender Fighter

Tue, April 9, 2013 1:42pm EDT by Chloe Melas 8 Comments
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The UFC fighter was suspended indefinitely for calling MMA competitor Fallon Fox a ‘sociopathic disgusting freak.’

Matt Mitrione has upset the UFC. The heavyweight fighter called MMA competitor Fallon Fox some not very nice things and the UFC says they are “appalled.”

Matt Matrione Suspended

Matt called Fallon “a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak.” The UFC has now released a statement saying:

“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 comments were made at the end of an interview Matt did on SB Nation’s MMA Hour on April 8. Fallon was born a guy but had gender reassignment surgery in 2006.

Matt said that he watched one of Fallon’s fight videos and said: “I haven’t seen a man beat a woman (like that) since Chris Brown beat Rihanna. That’s exceptional how he beats innocent, unknowing women like that.”

“She’s not a he. He’s a he,” Matt said. “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.”

Do you think it was wrong of Matt to make those comments?

— Chloe Melas

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