UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione got a lot of media coverage recently. However, it was of the sort that led UFC president to muse that fighters should probably not speak to the media unless there is a fight coming up.
Mitrione's media melee, by the numbers.
#1. Transgendered fighter Fallon Fox competed in women's MMA without revealing to regulators, or her opponent, that she was born a man.
#2. That made Matt angry.
“That is a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak," said Mitrione. "And I mean that. Because you lied on your license to beat up women. That’s disgusting. You should be embarrassed yourself."
"Meathead" was later fined and briefly suspended by the UFC for the 'transphobic' comments.
#3. UFC lightheavyweight champion Jon Jones got upset with Mitrione for getting overly upset with Fox.
"Despite what the person has been through in their life, that's a strong person," said Jones. "I'm a fan of that person because of what they've gone through and what they're willing to go through. People like Matt Mitrione are scumbags. He's a scumbag. I don't care if he's off suspension or doesn't fight again. He's a ridiculous person. He needs to shut his mouth. That's how I feel about that kid. He's scum."
#4. Mitrione got upset with Jones, for Jones getting upset with Mitrione getting upset with Fox.
"Last time I spoke, gotNtrouble4 talking bout sum1 using hands2hurt women, guess thats a lot better than Bentleys&Telephone poles @JonnyBones," tweeted Mitrione. "Ur a spoiled brat that needs 2b taught a lesson & I'm the guy2do it. Come fight me at hvywgt within 1 year or ur a coward, kid
#5. White was asked about Mitrione's latest comments following Saturday's post-UFC 159 press conference.
"I don't know, man," said White. "If I was Mitrione – you know I like Mitrione – if I was Mitrione, I'd be focused on my own weight division. I'd be worried about beating some of the heavyweights out there.
"I wouldn't be going after the No. 1 guy in the world, you know? Try to beat some heavyweights in the top 10. He just fought Roy Nelson, and you saw what happened."