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Ronda Rousey says transgender fighter Fallon Fox has unfair advantage

April 12, 2013|By Houston Mitchell
  • UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey.
UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey. (Neil Davidson / Associated…)

UFC fighter Matt Mitrione was suspended indefinitely earlier this week for disparaging comments he made about transgender fighter Fallon Fox. UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey agrees with him, though not with the language he used.

She told the New York Post on Wednesday that Fox, who was a man until undergoing gender reassignment surgery seven years ago, "can try hormones, chop her ... off, but it's still the same bone structure a man has. It's an advantage. I don't think it's fair."

Rousey said Mitrione chose his words "extremely poorly," but that she thought his overall point -- that Fox has certain advantages as a transgender fighter -- was a good one. "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."

Mitrione called Fox a "lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak," which is what led to his suspension.

Rousey said Fox shouldn't be surprised about the controversy.

"It [transgender surgery] is 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."

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