UFC Fighter on Transgender Fighter: 'Sick Freak'
He gets suspended for 'transphobic' dig
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2013 2:05 PM CDT
Cheick Kongo, of France, right, punches Matt Mitrione during a mixed martial arts heavyweight bout, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2011, in Las Vegas.   (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

(Newser) – Matt Mitrione didn't hold back when discussing fellow mixed-martial arts fighter Fallon Fox, who is transgender. Fox is a "lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak," Mitrione said Monday on the MMA Hour. As a result, the UFC suspended his contract today and will investigate the matter, USA Today reports. In a statement, the organization said it was "appalled by the transphobic comments," calling them "offensive and wholly unacceptable."

Fox's gender-reassignment surgery, which she underwent in 2006, and her subsequent supplemental hormonal therapy have been big news in the MMA world since they were first reported last month. Some have expressed that she may have a physical advantage when fighting other women. But Mitrione went beyond that, calling the situation "an embarrassment to us as fighters" and continually referring to Fox as a male.

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Apr 11, 2013 5:16 PM CDT
Uh, so what? He has his opinion. I will agree with him that trans and gays are abnormal but not the other trash.
Apr 11, 2013 12:24 PM CDT
Can't he have an opinion of his own?
Apr 11, 2013 9:50 AM CDT
The Homosexuals keep pushing the "we are normal crap" and now it infects sports. They should have their own league, and their own rules and those wanting to watch a freak show can pay for it!