Our story so far: UFC fighter and former NFL defensive tackle Matt Mitrione unleashed a verbal tirade against transgender MMA competitor Fallon Fox on Monday, calling Fox, among other things, a “sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak.” That Hallmark moment got Mitrione suspended by the UFC, and prompted president Dana White to release his long-awaited Code of Conduct Policy, which is detailed here. Apparently that policy includes nothing about “punching someone repeatedly in the head.”
Mitrione contends that in changing from a man to a woman, Fox has an unfair advantage in the ring, and is basically a guy beating up girls. Fox has responded to Mitrione’s criticism. And now it’s time for Ronda Rousey — the first female fighter signed by UFC, and a bronze medalist in judo at the 2008 Olympics — to add her thoughts.
Hopefuly she’ll be more even-handed and circumspect than Mitrione was.
Rousey says she’s researched the topic extensively and has come to an informed opinion.
“She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it’s still the same bone structure a man has,” Rousey told The Post. “It’s an advantage. I don’t think it’s fair.”
So Rousey basically agrees with Mitrione, only in a more gentle, not-suspended way. New York Post:
Rousey, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion, said she would fight Fox if the UFC asked her to, but she believes that Fox “has a physical advantage” because she was born a man.
“I understand the UFC doesn’t want to be associated with views like that,” Rousey said. “I’m also glad they didn’t straight cut him.”
“It’s not something that happened to (Fox),” Rousey said. “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.”
So I’m already set to order that Rousey-Fox fight on PPV, which may have been the end game along along, but probably not. Fox fights in the smaller Championship Fighting Alliance, where she has a 2-0 record. She’s currently under review with the Florida State Boxing Commission, which will determine of she should be allowed to continue competing.
Fox underwent gender reassingment surgery in 2006, and is taking hormones to assist in the transition.
By the way, that’s the first time this week that I’ve see the word “pecker” in a quote, and the fact that it was said by a woman makes it even more special.