Fertitta: Calling Fox 'disgusting' and 'Buffalo Bill' warrants review


The UFC has released a fighter Code of Conduct, following a series of incidents in which UFC fighters were sanctioned for innapropriate public staments. The most recent case was by former NFL player Matt "Meathead" Mitrione. who was so incensed at transgendered fighter Fallon Fox competing in the women's division without informing her opponent that he called her “a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak," among other virulent terms.

UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta and UFC COO Ike Lawrence Epstein spoke with Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole about Mitrione and the newly codified expectations.

"We're not a bunch of police officers and we're not sitting around all day trying to figure out ways to catch guys," said Epstein. "We're trying to run a business and these things can get in the way of that. And look, there are two sides to that.

"Matt Mitrione, he's got a career, sponsors, things to take care of. We want to do what is right for the company, but if there is an opportunity to educate, to help him move on from this in a way that makes sense, we want to do that. We're not police officers here. We're trying, hopefully, to push guys in the right direction and make sure they're being respectful and not being disrespectful to any race, gender, etc."

Fertitta too offered input on the issue.

"Whatever your thoughts are on the whole transgender issue, I've listened to Mitrione's comments and in my opinion, it came off as a bit mean-spirited, and is something I think warranted review," said Fertitta. "Obviously, this is not the easiest issue and a lot of people are questioning both sides of this thing. A fair debate and discussion of the issue should be allowed.

"But when you call her disgusting, and Buffalo Bill, that's another matter. It warrants review. I think it's the same thing the NFL would look at and the same thing that any professional organization that is at the level we're at would at least take a look at."

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RazorMMA site profile image  

4/13/13 10:46 PM by RazorMMA

She's a he, so.

UGSlapshot site profile image  

4/13/13 3:02 PM by UGSlapshot

There are plenty of mentally ill people in mixed martial arts that is not the point. The point is that he is a man and has a physical advantage. I'll save the moral debate for moral people they are two separate issues. Its repugnant me that anyone would have the lack of common sense to believe we can create a woman out of a man, its not possible.The closest he can come to being a woman is to mimic one, I guess that's all it takes but for me that's not close enough you should have to actually be a woman to be eligible to compete against one.

greenseed site profile image  

4/13/13 2:48 PM by greenseed

pretty sure he was joking you spazoid

sharkman68 site profile image  

4/13/13 2:23 PM by sharkman68

and I think its fine to disagree that Fallon should be allowed to fight women. I think there are some valid concerns there. but thats not the issue...Mitrione got into trouble by turning it into a insulting rant against transgenders. I know he only specifically mentioned Fallon, but why do you think he called her a disgusting freak?

CindyO site profile image  

4/12/13 8:32 PM by CindyO

Oh, I get what you're saying now. Lorenzo's quote but what's he doing about DW's big mouth, is what you mean. I think DW has gotten MMMMMMUCH better with his public rants than he was even just a few years ago, don't you?   Cindy

aarondramp site profile image  

4/12/13 4:58 PM by aarondramp

I'm aware they are separate people. But can we agree that it's a bit hypocritical for Dana to boast about not being like the other commishes while the other head of the UFC says that their athlete will be held to the same standards of other professional organizations? That's the only point that I was making.

madmav site profile image  

4/12/13 3:16 PM by madmav

ikr!! billionaires they all look the same =D   funny thing of it all is the NFL has a players union as does the NBA, MLB...

Uchi site profile image  

4/12/13 2:46 PM by Uchi

They both have arms and legs, and so very easy to mix up.

CindyO site profile image  

4/12/13 2:41 PM by CindyO

Dana, huh? Lorenzo isn't DW.   Cindy

CindyO site profile image  

4/12/13 2:40 PM by CindyO

Does the form ask the birth and current gender of the applying athlete? And do you believe Matt's opinion would have been much different? Would he have not called her... well, you know:)   Cindy