Matt Mitrione Learned A Lesson From UFC Suspension
Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.19.2013
His job is to perform...
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Matt Mitrione (6-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) said he learned his lesson from his suspension over a rant against transgender fighter Fallon fox. He will return to action Saturday at UFC 165 at the Air Canada Center in Toronto. He will fight his former Ultimate Fighter season 10 teammate, Brendan Schaub (9-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC).
On the regretting his rant: "My job is to go out and perform. As long as I do that, then other people's opinions don't matter, as long as my bosses are happy with my performance and the way I conduct myself. I got a little loose on this situation and spoke a little too freely or harshly. As (for) people's perceptions of me, it's not terribly relevant."
On why he is sorry for his words: "I have a cousin that lives down here in South Florida. He's gay and been gay forever. He's a host at a couple of clubs down here, and we're pretty tight. "He told me he felt I got a little bit loose but understood my point. I care about him, and if I hurt him it would've upset me more than anything else in the world."
On what he did wrong: "My words came out more aggressively than I intended them to. I ad-libbed, and I should have thought more about my words. I've moved on from it, and hopefully everybody else can, too."