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Ronda Rousey on Fallon Fox, “I don’t think it’s fair”

Ronda Rousey
Who would have thought that the endless Nick Diaz stories coming out of UFC 157 would’ve die out long before the Fallon Fox ones. At this point anytime I read about a fighter’s thoughts, theories or brash bigotry towards Fox I just add them to the mountain of others that came before. Everyone has an opinion that simply must be voiced, and after reading enough of them my eyes tend to glaze over much like when listening to your substitute gym teacher talk about how he almost made it in the NFL 8 years ago.
However, when the face of women’s mixed martial arts – Ronda Rousey – speaks out regarding this topic you tend to shut up and listen to what she has to say. Because hey, theoretically she might even end up facing Fox some day. Rousey recently opened up about the Fallon Fox controversy in an article by the New York Post’s Marc Raimondi in which the UFC women’s bantamweight champion was extremely candid.
“She (Fox) 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.”
“It’s not something that happened to her,” 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.”
“What if she became UFC champion and we had a transgender women’s champion?” Rousey said. “It’s a very socially difficult situation.”
Once again we’re stuck in an awkward love triangle between opinion, science and social acceptance – unfortunately all three tend to mix whenever Fallon Fox comes up. Frankly the only determining factor should be the science itself. Regarding Ronda’s comment, studies have shown that hormone therapy causes bone density to decrease to standard womanly proportions, but there could be / probably are other factors not specifically covered by the existing data. So there goes a convincing scientific argument. And when you bring subjective viewpoints into commentary that really requires objective oversight, well, all hell breaks loose. I credit Ronda for her candid and honest response to the situation, especially considering everyone now knows what happens if you get too honest. Speaking of that, here’s Ronda on UFC heavweight Matt Mitrione:
Rousey stated she thought Mitrione’s comments were “extremely poor” and had no problem with the UFC’s decision to suspend the heavyweight.
“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.”
So once again we’re back at square one and wondering if there’s truly any future for Fallon Fox in the sport of mixed martial arts? Many have weighed in on their thoughts both for and against Fox’s participation inside a cage, but the opinions that really matter, the ones that could provide Fox with an opportunity on a larger platform, they haven’t said much at all – until then all this talk is just that, talk.
  • Shibo

    While I completely disagree with Mitrione’s comments, and think he earned the nickname “meathead”, I will admit that the translated version (from hate speech to english) is a view that I had never thought about. My translation follows:

    “I think that it’s pretty messed up that a man would choose to become a woman and then beat up other women for a living. It’s like someone who wants to beat up women and has now found a legal way to do it.”

    I don’t think Fallon Fox would go to all of this grief because he’s a guy who has aspired to beat up women all through life.. It seems awful extreme.

    But it did make me think, which is more than most idiotic fighter comments do.

    Still, fuck him. A grown ass man should be able to show more restraint than that, and know how to get an opinion across without being a total asshole. You can make people think without being a total bigoted asshole.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    I think the best argument Ronda brings up is choice & consequence. Everyone has the right to change their gender, but no one has the right to be a professional fighter. Fox changed her body to match her internal gender, but obviously there are some repercussions that come with that decision. She must have known it could impact her fighting career & shouldn’t have been surprised when the fight community questioned her ability to compete fairly.

    If women want to fight her then so be it, but no one should consider it bigotry if they refuse to compete against her. It would be different if Fox had just been beating her opponents, but she’s been destroying them with strikes in the first round. One has to question if the fights are fair able shouldn’t be ostracized because of it.

  • kvelertak

    Why is it ok for her to be insulting and degrading to Fox but not meathead?

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    Ronda’s clearest point is choice and consequence. Everyone has (or should have) the right to physically change their gender, but no one has the right to be a professional fighter.

    Fox shouldn’t be surprised that the fight community is questioning the fairness of her matches. Especially considering that she has been destroying her opponents with strikes in seconds. Questioning someone’s right to choose their gender is bigotry, but questioning someone’s right to be a professional fighter after choosing to alter their gender thereby creating a (possibly) unfair biological advantage is not.

  • X

    When Fallon Fox dies and is buried, and the maggots eat away all the flesh from his body, and then 200 years from now an anthropologist digs up his body; he will be able to say with 100% certainty that he was indeed a man. FACT!

    I love how you cite “leading sex reassignment doctors” and agree with their take on the aftermath of a sex change. Oh really, they say it actually works, get out of here! No dog in the fight at all. They use phrases like “fairly comparable” and “probably”, ya just take that as an absolute fact, you genius. This debate proves why western civilization is fucking doomed.

  • CAP

    I’m leaning towards the idea that he/she shouldn’t be allowed to fight women. I bet any “stick and ball” sport would be in outrage over this situation.

  • frickshun

    It would be funny if Fallon grinded sexually on her opponent while in their guard.

  • iamphoenix

    I don’t care

  • glassjawsh

    CAP – Women’s golf allows transgendered women to compete in the olympics.

  • CAP

    I am outraged.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    But…Women’s Golf and Women’s Tennis don’t involve inflicting brain damage on their opponents (in seconds) with huge man hands. I’d be more open to the idea of Fox fighting if she wasn’t just leveling all of her opponents in the first round.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    And I’m sure Golf would become outraged pretty quickly if transgendered athletes started driving the ball 80 yards further than other golfers.

    No transgendered athlete has been good enough to be at the top of the leader board (so far), when someone comes along with the skill and the tools to use their physical advantage Women’s Golf may be singing a different tune about transgendered golfers.