It would seem that transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox is the talk of the town right, what with UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione being suspended for disparaging comments about the controversial athlete with Ariel Helwani on Monday’s MMA Hour.
Current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey has now decided to weigh in, and while not completely agreeing with Mitrione’s choice of words, she certainly does not agree that Fox should be allowed to fight females.
Speaking with the New York Post, Rousey characteristically pulled no punches.
“She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it’s still the same bone structure a man has. It’s an advantage. I don’t think it’s fair.
“I understand the UFC doesn’t want to be associated with views like that,” Rousey said of Mitrione’s suspension. “I’m also glad they didn’t straight cut him.”
In the gloomy fog that is transgender combat athletes, Rousey thinks Fox should be more aware of the ramifications of her past choices and in particular the repercussions of those choices in her chosen career path.
“It’s not something that happened to her. It was a decision she made. She should be aware in her career after that, it’s going to be an arduous path. I don’t know why she’s surprised by that. It’s going to draw a lot of emotions.”
Rousey then admitted she would not wish to fight Fox, but would do so if the UFC asked her to, while putting it to us an awkward hypothetical scenario.
“What if she became UFC champion and we had a transgender women’s champion? It’s a very socially difficult situation.”
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