UFC CEO Lorenzo Fertitta calls Mitrione's comments 'a bit mean-spirited' and 'warrant review'

Michael Cohen

Earlier this week, the UFC Heavyweight was suspended pending investigation for derogatory comments directed at transgender fighter Fallon Fox. The promotion's CEO spoke up against the manner Mitrione chose to enter the conversation.

Since the confusion over fighter's license in her second professional MMA bout, Fallon Fox has become one of the most controversial figures in the sport. Most recently, UFC Heavyweight Matt Mitrione made several inflammatory comments in reference to the transgender fighter in an appearance on Monday's MMA Hour.

The UFC acted quickly and suspended Mitrione in accordance with their new code of conduct. UFC president Dana White already addressed the issue at the UFC On Fox 7 conference call. Now, CEO Lorenzo Fertitta gives his thoughts on the situation (via MMA Torch):

"Whatever your thoughts are on the whole transgender issue, I've listened to [Mitrione's comments on 'MMA Hour'] and in my opinion, it came off as a bit mean-spirited, and is something I think warranted review," Fertitta said. "Obviously, this is not the easiest issue and a lot of people are questioning both sides of this thing. A fair debate and discussion of the issue should be allowed."

"But when you call her disgusting, and Buffalo Bill, that's another matter. It warrants review. I think it's the same thing the NFL would look at and the same thing that any professional organization that is at the level we're at would at least take a look at."

The terms of Mitrione's punishment haven't been set, as the incident is still under investigation. His appearance on the MMA Hour followed a first round knockout of Philip de Fries at last week's UFC On Fuel TV 9.


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