Yesterday in a media scrum, UFC President Dana White was asked about the seemingly quick suspension of Matt Mitrione. When White explained the UFC’s stance, he noted that he will never make a fighter apologize. “Otherwise, they don’t mean it,” he concluded. Mitrione has done just that, and has finally spoken publicly about the disparaging remarks he made about transgender fighter Fallon Fox. The heavyweight released a statement this afternoon saying that he was going to do all he could do to make up for his remarks.

Via MMAFighting:

"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 now know 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."

"I know there are people who look up to UFC athletes and I let them and myself down by setting a very poor example. I also want to apologize to Lorenzo Fertitta, Dana White and everyone associated with the UFC. Anyone can say, `I'm sorry,' to get themselves out of trouble. That's not the kind of person I want to be. I am embarrassed I chose to express myself in such a fashion and am looking forward to living up to this apology through my future actions, words and conduct."

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