UFC 159's Jon Jones calls Matt Mitrione a 'scumbag' for vilifying Fallon Fox

Steve Snowden

The UFC brass have moved past Matt Mitrione's outburst over Fallon Fox earlier this month, when "Meathead" blasted the transgender fighter for beating up women. UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, on the other hand, has not.

Well, that doesn't leave us much room for interpretation.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones, who defends his title against Chael Sonnen this Saturday night (April 27, 2013) at the UFC 159 pay-per-view (PPV) event from the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, was upset with the way Matt Mitrione treated transgender fighter Fallon Fox.

"Bones" told reporters at today's media gathering (via NY Post) that Mitrione is a "scumbag" and a "terrible" person.

"I think he's terrible for that. It's ridiculous. I think that Fallon Fox, that's a strong person. What the person has been through in their life, that's a strong person. I'm a fan of that person because of what they've gone through and what they're willing to go through. He's a scumbag. I don't care if he never fights again. He's a ridiculous person."

Mitrione was fined and suspended earlier this month after labeling Fox a "sick, sociopathic disgusting freak" who should be "embarrassed" for wanting to beat up women (read his verbal tirade here). His suspension lasted all of 16 days and has now been scheduled to fight Brendan Schaub at UFC on FOX 8 this summer in Seattle.

Not that Jones cares.

Fox, meanwhile, has been a controversial topic over the last several weeks after it was revealed she underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2006 to become a woman. She was issued a license to compete in Florida earlier this year and registered a knockout win under the Championship Fighting Alliance (CFA) banner shortly thereafter.

However, her license was frozen pending an investigation after the victory because the commission was unaware that Fox was born a male. She has since been absolved of any wrongdoing in regard to her application to compete in the "Sunshine State," clearing the way for Fox to return to female MMA action possible next month (read more here).

Just don't expect to see her inside the Octagon anytime soon.


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