The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) suspended fighter Matt Mitrione for his transphobic and scathing remarks about transsexual female fighter, Fallon Fox.
The validity of Fox’s mixed martial arts (MMA) female license was in question when she came out as a transgender woman early in March. Fox, who underwent hormone therapy and sex reassignment surgery in 2006, “[is]technically, legally, physically and mentally female. Everything about me is female”’ Fox told HuffPost.
Despite the dispute, Fox’s license was not suspended. “Fallon Fox was issued a Florida license at the MMA event in Coral Gables, [Florida]. Her license has not been suspended,” Director of Communications of the Florida State Boxing Commission, Sandi Poreda, reported in an interview with 429Magazine. Fox has been allowed to remain in the rink.
However, UFC heavyweight competitor Mitrione seemed to have trouble understanding Fox’s appearance in a female rink. “Lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak,” were just a few of the words Mitrione used to describe Fox.
In discussion with The MMA Hour, Mitrione continued his slander. In addition to using the pronoun “he” rather than “she” in reference to Fox, Mitrione also suggested that Fox is in the rink to beat women. “You lied on your license to beat up women. That’s disgusting,” Mitrione said in an interview with The MMA Hour.
Mitrione summed up his tirade by stating, “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.”
The UFC promptly suspended Mitrione on Monday, only hours after the interview occurred. The UFC was not in support of the fighter’s negative and highly offensive comments about a fellow competitor and stated that they were “appalled by the transphobic comments.”
The UFC released a statement explaining their decision to suspend Mitrione.
“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 continued, “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.”