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UFC introduces employee code of conduct

The UFC introduced a code of conducts applying to mixed martial artists under contract with the promotion.  The announcement at the UFC on Fox 7 conference call, following controversial comments made by UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione in regards to transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox.

Mitrione, on a recent episode of The MMA Hour, gave his harsh opinion on the male-turned-female combatant.

“He is not a she,” Mitrione told Ariel Helwani.  ”He is chromosomally a man. He had a gender change, not a sex change. He’s still a man. He was a man for 31 years. That is a couple of years younger than I am, and six years of taking performance de-hancing drugs is going to change all that? That’s ridiculous. That is a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak. And I mean that, because you lied on your license to beat up women. That’s disgusting. You should be embarrassed of yourself, and the fact that Florida licensed him because California licensed him or whoever the hell did it, it’s an embarrassment to us as fighters, as a sport. We all should protest that. The women who is fighting him, props to you. I hope you beat his ass, and I hope that he gets blackballed and never fights again, because that is disgusting, and I am appalled by that.”

Mitrione’s words landed him a suspension, and gave his colleagues new stipulations and consequences to consider when speaking publicly.

Although, Miguel Torres was released from the promotion last year for rape related tweets on the social media network Twitter, Mitrione’s suspension is the first discipline of it’s kind the UFC has handed out.

Below is a copy of the UFC Code of Conduct:


UFC Fighter Code of Conduct

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UFC 137: Matt Mitrione takes time to party at the end of camp

Matt Mitrione (photo: Maggie Krol/

There is only one thing that can get Matt Mitrione to stop training: a party.

It’s not the kind of party you might expect.  Before flying out to Las Vegas on Monday to prep for fight week, Mitrione planned on having one last hard day of training at home on Saturday.  Sunday is not typically a day of rest for Mitrione, however, there was one reason to pull him out of the gym.

“I (took) Sunday off because that’s my son’s sixth birthday,” he said.  ”Happy birthday Jacob!”

Mitrione (Twitter: @mattmitrione) is set to co-headline UFC 137 on Saturday against Cheick Kongo.  Mitrione has had a long road mapping out his fight career before parking in the UFC, traveling through NFL and other football locker rooms, and The Ultimate Fighter house, to find his place within the organization.

Starting his pro career with five wins, Mitrione’s competition is about to jump a level when he meets Kongo at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.

With Georges St-Pierre’s knee injury taking him out of the main event, Mitrione’s opportunity to be one step closer to headlining a card does not phase the focused fighter.

“Nope, I couldn’t really care less,” Mitrione admitted to Joe Rizzo and his former TUF 10 housemate, guest host Zak Jensen, on Rear Naked Choke Radio.  “As long as I go out there and win, get paid, I don’t care if I’m the curtain-jerker or the main event, it doesn’t really make it a big deal.”

When it comes down to it, what matters most to Mitrione are the fans and the television placement of his match.

“Really more than anything else I get excited about being on the pay-per-view,” Mitrione said.  “That means you’re getting more name recognition and a little more development as far as fan base.  That’s the part I like the most.”

One of the perks of fighting Kongo is that the odds are the fight is going to stay on the feet and fists are going to be thrown.  While four of Mitrione’s five wins have come by way of knockout, this is to be his first true test against a premier-level kickboxer.

In order to prepare for such a challenge, Mitrione paid close attention to his training regimen.

Originally, Mitrione was a professional football player, playing defensive line for the New York Giants and Minnesota Vikings in the NFL.  While performing in both the NFL and MMA require physical attributes and training, there are very few similarities between the two when it comes to the specifics of training involved.

“It’s totally different with the cardio, and getting in shape for the NFL is a completely different world,” said Mitrione.  “But I think that I’ve done a fairly good job in getting into MMA shape versus football shape.”

Mitrione has an added benefit that his body responds well to training and because of this, he has learned that he does not require the typical six-to-eight week training camps that a lot of fighters take to prepare for fights.

Over-training used to be a problem for Mitrione.  He discovered the flaw in his last bout against Christian Morecraft, for which Mitrione had a six-week camp.

“I was very over-trained and my body was beat up,” Mitrione said.  “I was ready to fight about two weeks before the fight and I tried to prolong it and it didn’t do that much for me.  So I figured that four-and-a-half, five weeks is my money time at camp and I’m ready to scrap then.

“I’ve had about five weeks for this one and I feel like I’m peaking at the right place as far as health and energy levels go.”

Mitrione was looking to soften up his training regimen in the waning days of camp.  He had been standing up to the punishments of K-1 fighter Tyrone Sprong, Blackzillians coach Mike Van Arsdale and former UFC lightweight champion Rashad Evans in order to be ready on Saturday night.

Nothing like a kid party to ease the pain.

Rear Naked Choke Radio: Matt Mitrione, Miguel Torres checks in, Zak Jensen in studio


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Rear Naked Choke Radio comes atcha live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. on a special day with a special co-host.  Joe Rizzo is joined in studio by Bellator heavyweight and former TUF 10 competitor Zak Jensen.

Joe and Zak welcome Matt Mitrione, who meets Cheick Kongo at UFC 137.  Matt and Zak were together on TUF 10, and harken back to some Kimbo Slice stories, and look ahead to UFC 137.

Miguel Torres also had an enlightening moment on the show.

Joe and Zak also preview the UFC 137 card and break down Bellator 55.

Rear Naked Choke Radio streams live from LA Boxing in Paramus, N.J. on Wednesdays at 6:45 p.m. ET (unless otherwise noted) and is part of the MMADieHards Radio Network.  If you cannot catch the live stream, it is available on demand RIGHT HERE shortly after completion of the broadcast.

Cro Cop-Nelson, Kongo-Mitrione set for UFC 137 on Oct. 29

VIDEO: UFC on Versus 4 post-fight with Matt Mitrione

Mitrione details his victory at UFC on Versus 4 (Maggie Krol/

UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione talks with Hector Castro of to recap the KO victory over Christian Morecraft at UFC on Versus 4 in Pittsburgh:

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UFC Matt Mitrione eager to test Christian Morecraft’s “meddle”

Matt Mitrione (Hector Castro/

Matt Mitrione is never afraid to speak his mind and tell it like he sees it, which, along with his aggressive and exciting fighting style, has endeared him to UFC fans since his Octagon run began in late 2009.

His latest opponent, Christian Morecraft, hasn’t been bashful in claiming his intentions for this Sunday’s heavyweight bout at UFC on Versus 4.  But instead of engaging in a war of words Mitrione is pulling a Mark Cuban, laying (relatively) low and waiting for his actions in the cage to state his case while his opponent does all the yapping.

“If you say you’re going to beat the piss out of me on a video then I’m really excited to see what you’re going to come up with,” Mitrione said during his appearance on MMA Beatdown radio on the MMA DieHards Radio Network. “If you want to start writing checks (with your mouth) then I’m going to make you try to cash them.

“I don’t talk trash, but if people ask me I’m going to say I’m going to try to punch him in the face until he goes to sleep. I’m witty and crafty, and I can rip on him in so many ways and really tear into him, but I feel that’s really overrated.”

This bit of pre-fight antagonizing should make Sunday’s tilt even more interesting, but once the cage door shuts at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh it’s going to, as always, come down to which man can impose his will. Mitrione might be pretty eager to drop a couple shots on Morecraft’s chin, but there’s no disrespect on his end. He knows he’s going to have to bring his best and fend off Morecraft’s strengths if he wants to improve his perfect record to 5-0.

“Morecraft brings a unique skill set that I haven’t seen at all,” Mitrione said. “I think everybody knows this and I’m not surprising anybody when I say this: he doesn’t want to stand with me. He wants to get me against the fence and throw me down and maul me, and I really haven’t seen that in a fight. That was Tim Hague’s game plan but he never got his hands on me. Hopefully that’s the same way this fight goes.”

Thanks to his NFL career, Mitrione is no stranger to dealing with opponents who bring substantial size to the table. Morecraft stands 6-foot-6 and has an 81-inch reach, so he’ll be well-equipped to grab a hold of his opponent and put him to the mat. Once there, his length and weight cause problems, just as they did to Stefan Struve in the first round before the towering Dutchman knocked him out early in the second round. Morecraft, a 24-year old Washington, D.C. native, began his career with six straight wins in regional promotions out of Plymouth, Mass. His UFC debut came against Struve at UFC 117 and his Octagon record currently stands at 1-1 after he choked out Sean McCorkle with a standing guillotine at UFC Fight Night 24.

Mitrione has only known the bright lights and big stage of the UFC in his mixed martial arts career. After competing on the 10th season of The Ultimate Fighter, Mitrione fought and defeated Marcus Jones via knockout during the season’s finale. He has since gone on to defeat Kimbo Slice, Joey Beltran and Hague, earning Fight of the Night honors for his win over Beltran.

A win on Sunday would push Mitrione to 5-0 and allow him to continue climbing the ladder in the heavyweight division. He knows opponent selection isn’t up to him, so there isn’t anyone particular he is looking to get into the cage with.  It may be cliché, but he’s taking the approach of simply beating the next man in line and going from there.

“I’m not trying to put the cart before the horse and get greedy,” Mitrione said. “I’m thankful for the opportunities I’ve been given. This is a serious fight for the fifth one of my career. I’m not trying to fight (UFC heavyweight champion) Cain (Velasquez) yet. I understand Rome wasn’t built in a day and I’ve still got a lot to learn. I’m no spring chicken – I’m 32 turning 33 soon (July 15) – but I’m ready to scrap. I bust my stones and prepare for everyone the same way. I travel to get the best coaching in the world and from that I prepare to be successful.”

Morecraft has certainly ticked off Mitrione with his comments and claims, but “Meathead” is aiming to smartly use those digs as motivation. He’s going to let Morecraft put the pressure on himself, then make him back it up.

“To be honest, I’m really excited to see what kind of game Christian Morecraft brings,” he said. “I want to see how aggressive he is, how much he’s going to push the pace. I’m a grown-ass man and if you’re ready to scrap then I’m going to make sure I touch your chin once or twice. If you’re fortunate enough to win you’re never going to want to fight me again, I promise that.”

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