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.