Matt Mitrione suspended for ‘transphobic’ statements about Fallon Fox

Monday, April 08, 2013

Matt “Meathead” Mitrione recently appeared on Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour,” and was confronted by Helwani about remarks the UFC heavyweight had made about transgendered fighter Fallon Fox.

“Why do you hate Fallon Fox so much,” asked Helwani. “And why do you keep calling she a he?”

The former NFL player then put Fox on blast.

“Because she’s not a he. He’s a he,” said Mitrione. “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.”

Tthe UFC has suspended Mitrione in response.

“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.”

In Mitrione’s defense, his harshest remarks – “lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak” – were directed not at transgendered individuals in general, but at one trasngendered fighter – Fallon Fox. And his reasoning was unambiguous – “…because you lied on your license to beat up women. That’s disgusting.”

In previous cases of the UFC code of conduct violations, fighters have been other suspended, or released.