Matt Mitrione has issued a statement apologizing for the verbal attack he directed at transgender fighter Fallon Fox earlier this month. In addition to the apology, the statement relays that Mitrione will work with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in an effort to make amends for the incident.
Mitrione made headlines after he appeared on The MMA Hour and called Fox a “sociopathic, disgusting freak.” The UFC quickly announced that it had suspended the contract of Mitrione and that the fighter would be fined for the comments. The amount of the heavyweight’s fine was not disclosed.
The 34 year-old Mitrione was quoted saying in the statement:
“I want to apologize for my hurtful comments about Fallon Fox and a group within our society which, in truth, I know nothing about. I know now there’s an important line between expressing an opinion on a subject and being hurtful and insensitive. I crossed that line by expressing my views in an ugly, rude and inappropriate manner.”
The UFC recently announced that Mitrione will fight Brendan Schaub at UFC on FOX 8 on July 27th. Mitrione is coming off a stoppage win over Philip De Fries at UFC on FUEL TV 9 earlier this month.
Mitrione takes to Twitter (@mattmitrione) to respond to Jones’ recent “scumbag” comment towards him.
“Last time I spoke, gotNtrouble4 talking bout sum1 using hands2hurt women, guess thats a lot better than Bentleys&Telephone poles @JonnyBones
•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”
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