Some fans were likely surprised to hear the news that Matt Mitrione has been booked for a July 27th bout with Brendan Schaub, and while discussing the fighter’s recent suspension today, Jon Jones relayed he thinks Mitrione is a “scumbag.”
According to a report from MMA Junkie.com, Jones made the comment at a media event Wednesday for UFC 159, while discussing Mitrione’s recent verbal attack on transgender fighter Fallon Fox. The well documented and controversial comments earned Mitrione a suspension and an undisclosed fine.
Jones informed the media that he believes Fox is a “strong person”, before weighing in on Mitrione’s recent rant.
“People like Matt Mitrione are scumbags. He’s a scumbag. I don’t care if he’s off suspension or doesn’t fight again. He’s a ridiculous person.”
Mitrione, who is coming off a stoppage win over Philip De Fries earlier this month, will fight Brendan Schaub at UFC on FOX 8. The card will be hosted by Seattle’s Key Arena and will feature flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson taking on John Moraga.
Jones, meanwhile, will of course fight Chael Sonnen at UFC 159 Saturday, which will take place at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.
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