ESPN UFC suspended the contract of Matt Mitrione on Monday after the heavyweight made disparaging remarks about transgender female fighter Fallon Fox. “She’s not a he, he’s a he,” the 34-year-old Mitrione said earlier Monday on the Internet-based talk show “MMA Hour.” “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, 31 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.” Fox was recently cleared by the Florida State Boxing Commission of any wrongdoing after failing to disclose that she was born a male on her application for an MMA fighting license. The 37-year-old Fox revealed her original gender to SI.com on March 4, two days after she knocked out Ericka Newsome 39 seconds into their Championship Fighting Alliance featherweight quarterfinal bout in Coral Gables, Fla. “The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione [on Monday] in an interview on the ‘MMA Hour,’ ” the promotion said on its website. “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.”Mitrione, a former NFL player who was given the nickname “Meathead” during his participation on Season 10 of “The Ultimate Fighter” by then-coach Rashad Evans, improved to 6-2 Saturday with a first-round knockout of Phil De Fries in Stockholm, Sweden.
This suspension has to be tough new to take for UFC Heavyweight Matt Mitrione, especially following his impressive first round knockout of Phil De Fries in Stockholm, Sweden last weekend, and I think the majority of the Mixed Martial Arts community agrees with him. We know Joe Rogan agrees with him, the UFC commentator got himself in hot water by saying the same things a week ago, but he was not suspended. I 100% agree with both of them, there is no way that Fallon Fox should be able to fight women, the concept is totally absurd. Fallon Fox is chromosomally a man, has been a man for 31-years, and is now knocking women out in Mixed Martial Arts events by punching them in the face, which should not be happening. Listen, I am all for a transgender vs transgender fight league, give them a division and even a title, but they should not be fighting women. I do not care if the tests come back concluding that you are biologically a woman, after getting your twig and berries lopped off, and pumping yourself full of estrogen for months. There are physical advantages to being a man when it comes to fighting, including bigger hands and more powerful shoulders, which you do not lose during gender reassignment surgery. If you are a man, or ever were a man, you should not be punching women in the face under any circumstance. Plain and simple. Free Matt Mitrione.