Once upon a time, UFC fighter Matt Mitrione was a member of the New York Giants. In fact, he played nine games at defensive tackle for Big Blue in 2002 after being signed as an undrafted rookie free agent. However, his NFL career would be short-lived, and despite a later stint on the Minnesota Vikings practice squad (2005), Mitrione would turn to the world of mixed martial arts.
After a mildly impressive performance on UFC's The Ultimate Fighter, in which he was eliminated in the quarterfinals, Mitrione (nicknamed "Meathead") would go on to compile a 6-2 record in the UFC, including an eye-opening 19-second knockout win over Philip De Fries on Sunday. But, as it has in the past, Mitrione's mouth got him in trouble and he found himself suspended on Monday after making several transphobic comments about transgender fight Fallon Fox.
"[He is a] lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak," Mitrione said.
In January, the UFC released a code of conduct for their fighters, and Mitrione was one of the first to violate. Following his comments and the subsequent suspension, the organization released an official statement on the matter.
"The UFC was appalled by the transphobic comments made by heavyweight Matt Mitrione today in an interview on 'The MMA Hour,'" the statement read. "The organization finds Mr. Mitrione's comments offensive and wholly unacceptable and – as a direct result of this significant breach of the UFC's code of conduct – Mr. Mitrione's UFC contract has been suspended and the incident is being investigated. The UFC is a friend and ally of the (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) community, and expects and requires all 450 of its athletes to treat others with dignity and respect."
In his nine games with the Giants, Mitrione made four tackles.
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