Dana White: Matt Mitrione didn’t need to be doing an interview

UFC heavyweight and Ultimate Fighter 10 Alum Matt Mitrione had his contract suspended yesterday by the UFC after his comments about transgender Fallon Fox on “The MMA Hour” on MMAFighting.com.

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Along with suspended the contract of Mitrione, the UFC announced that the incident involving the fighter is being investigated.

During Tuesday’s UFC on FOX 7 media call, UFC President Dana White was asked about the situation involving Mitrione and stated that fighter did not need to be doing the interview.

“First of all, he didn’t need to be doing an interview and I am going to talk to these guys,” White said. “The only time that these guys need to be doing interviews is leading up to fights.”

“It ended up being a nightmare for him. What was the point of that interview? There was no point in it. Now its cause him a bunch of headaches and problems. Cost us a bunch of headaches and problems for no reason whats so ever. He just fought and we would not fight again for a few months and he is still over there enjoying himself in Sweden. What was the point in doing that interview? What was the up side in that interview? There was none, no upside.”

Mitrione is the first fighter to be punished under the UFC Code of Conduct policy that was put into place in January. At this time, the length of his suspension is unknown and if the organization plans to punish him further.