Just days after Matt Mitrione was tapped to fight Brendan Schaub on July 27th, the heavyweight fighter has apologized for the comments he directed at transgender fighter Fallon Fox, which resulted in him being temporarily banned and fined by the UFC.
During an appearance on The MMA Hour earlier this month, Mitrione launched a verbal attack against Fox, which included calling the fighter a “disgusting freak”. Mitrione said in a statement released to the media today:
“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.”
Mitrione also relayed in the statement that he is “embarrassed” by his actions and that he looks “forward to living up to this apology.” The heavyweight also plans to work with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community in the future.
The 34 year-old Mitrione scored a stoppage win over Philip De Fries earlier this month and made the comments about Fox several days after the win. Immediately following the incident, the UFC announced it was suspending the fighter’s contract and that he would be fined for the comments, which quickly made headlines. The amount of Mitrione’s fine has not been disclosed.
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