UFC President Dana White discussed the suspension of Matt Mitrione this afternoon at a press event for UFC On FOX 7: Henderson Vs Melendez. Mitrione recently went on an internet radio show and made some disparaging remarks about transgender mma fighter Fallon Fox. White was clearly disappointed about the choice of words Mitrione made, but didn’t necessarily disagree with his opinion that Fox shouldn’t be fighting. White said Mitrione was fined a significant amount of money, and realizes he made a big mistake with his choice of words.
White told the media (via MMAJunkie) :
“I’m not mad at Mitrione. He did something stupid. He knows he did something stupid. He knows the way he said it, he didn’t handle it the right way. He knows he did, so I can respect that. We’ll let him know when we decide (how long the suspension will last). He was fined, too – enough to make him call me three times. I bet he’ll think. I bet before words come out of his mouth, … he’s going to go, ‘I better not say that. That’s not good. That’s going to cost me some money.’”
“From the first day we talked, he handled the whole thing like a man. He said some ignorant comments that made him sound like a complete jackass and a bigot. He knew what he said was wrong.”
“It’s not that I don’t necessarily agree with what [Mitrione] was saying because I have the same issue with a man who becomes a woman. You have different bone structure. You have a different jawline. You have all the things of a man. It’s completely different. But he knew what he did was wrong. If he was standing in front of a panel or a judge, and he was arguing on why someone who used to be a man shouldn’t be allowed to fight a woman, he wouldn’t have said it the way that he said it. He would have said it completely different, and there’s nothing wrong with having a point of view.”
“He did he right thing. If he got on the phone and said, ‘Hey, I’ve got my freedom of speech, and I can say what I want,’ I guess to a point he’s right. You just can’t work here if you want to say stupid stuff like that. You can say whatever you want. Not in here though.”
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