Well, that didn't last long.
Just a little over two weeks after suspending Matt Mitrione for breaking the UFC Code of Conduct by making transphobic comments against transgender fighter Fallon Fox on this site's 'The MMA Hour', Mitrione's suspension is over. As someone else already said on Twitter, I'm sure Mitrione really learned his lesson on that two-week suspension. The cause for the suspended sentence? A bout at UFC on FOX 8 opposite 'The Ultimate Fighter 10' cast member Brendan Schaub. Alright, then.
UFC President Dana White also said Mitrione was fined for the infraction, but failed to identity a dollar figure. So, after blowback that reached the mainstream press colored the UFC's ongoing efforts to develop positive relationships with the LGBT community, the UFC's response is to lift a two-week non-suspension and say 'trust us, it's a lot' on a fine that may or may not exist.
I doubt White or any other UFC brass bowed to pressure from fans who felt the suspension was inappropriate to begin with, but either way they win here. Mitrione's turnaround between UFC on FUEL TV 8 and UFC on FOX 8 is actually the shortest of his career. Mitrione's punishment was so short and so inexpensive, in fact, that it literally cannot measured.
The UFC's sending a message, alright. I think they're saying breaking the Code of Conduct doesn't bother them if you've got a roster spot on a fight card they need to fill.
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I'm trying to make the opposing corner throw in the towel next fight ! Not talking trash . I just need to dominate !!!— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunsonMMA) April 24, 2013
THE COUNTDOWN CONTINUES
3 - New Jersey, the 3rd state in the United States and the home of my coronation. #UFC159 #4/27/13— chael sonnen (@sonnench) April 24, 2013
THE GREAT WANTS TO MEET THE GREATEST
I absolutely have to meet Muhammad Ali after this fight, I just need to shake his hand— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) April 24, 2013
BACK IN THE SADDLE
6 weeks after having surgery on my jaw I had my 1st full contact mma training tonight, it went GREAT! Aiming to be back in a couple months!— Stefan Struve (@StefanStruve) April 23, 2013
GIFT OF GAB
I think Chael Sonnen has to be the best smack talker in MMA history!— Carla Esparza (@CarlaEsparza1) April 24, 2013
BET THE LATTE WAS $6, TOO
9$ for parking at Starbucks for 30 mins ... F U Hollywood— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) April 24, 2013
FORREST IS STILL NOT FUNNY
They have day care at strip clubs in Vegas. Ok they don't but they should— Forrest Griffin (@ForrestGriffin) April 24, 2013
IT IS WRITTEN
Miesha Tate (@MieshaTate) April 25, 2013
KEITH KIZER IS SO GOOD AT HIS JOB, YOU GUYS
Joe Rogan (@joerogan) April 24, 2013
@johnmccarthymma are you kidding me? That is ridiculous, best in the business— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) April 24, 2013
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Josh Thomson - Diego Sanchez - Winner would be right in contention for a number 1 contender fight *edit* - If Eddie Alvarez can get free of Bellator and sign with UFC in the near future then Thomson/Alvarez is the best fight.