On the eve of the second female fight in Octagon history, UFC bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey (pictured) dropped her two cents on the lady who has been hoarding much of the MMA headlines of late.
According to Rousey, transgender Fallon Fox should not be allowed to compete against women. However, Rousey isn’t opposed to transgenders fighting in MMA if they made the transformation before puberty.
“If you’re a man who identifies as a woman, or a woman who identifies as a man, that’s something you can’t control,” Rousey said on this week’s edition of AXS TV’s ‘Inside MMA.’ “That’s not your choice. That’s just the way you are. But being transgender, that does require a choice.
“I think it needs to be a case-by-case basis. On Fallon Fox’s case, she went through puberty entirely as a man, and though I do believe that her identity definitely is that of a woman, at this point in her life, it’s just not scientifically possible to make her body exactly equal to that of a woman.”
Rousey believes the male-turned-female Fox shouldn’t be permitted to fight women because the 37-year-old underwent gender reassignment, breast augmentation and hair transplant surgeries in 2006. “Rowdy” says it would be easier to accept if Fox made the change as an adolescent.
“If it was another case, someone who was identified much earlier and underwent hormone suppression and then later when they’re old enough to make a decision on the surgery, I think that would be a little more understandable,” Rousey added. “But if you already developed through puberty as a man, I don’t think you should be able to compete as a woman.
“Just the bone density and bone structure that you have after you’ve gone through puberty as a man, it’s just an advantage over a woman.”
Fox owns a 2-0 professional record, with both wins coming against unsuspecting females. She is slated to face Allana Jones May 24 at CFA 11.