Ronda Rousey seems to be giving her opinion on everything nowadays, and whenever she speaks, it runs the gamut from edgy to downright nonsensical — but it’s always newsworthy, at least as far as MMA fans are concerned.
This time Rousey has decided to weigh in on Fallon Fox, the transgender MMA fighter who broke onto the scene last year. Fox has received quite a bit of criticism, first because she lied about her gender reassignment and secondly because science hasn’t quite agreed on whether she has an unfair advantage.
Rousey believes that she does, and didn’t hesitate to tell TMZ about it when asked.
“In Fallon Fox’s case, I think that she has an unfair advantage,” Rousey said. “It’s outside of her control, but it’s unfortunately her scenario. It’s unfortunate, especially for her competition as well.”
Despite that, Ronda Rousey isn’t exactly scared of Fox. She’s gone on the record saying she would take a fight with Fox and win it easily. Of course, as Fox Sports points out, she has also said the same thing of the UFC’s heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez.
“I can knock out anyone in the world… I ain’t scared, homie.”
As for Fallon Fox truly having an unfair advantage, the audience in the women’s MMA community appears to be split. While her last opponent, Tamikka Brents, seems to believe that she does, it might not be so easy getting such an admission from Ashlee Evans-Smith, a recent opponent of Fox’s who managed to knock the controversial star out.
Brents wasn’t so blessed.
“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night,” Brents said in a Whoa TV interview. “I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right.”
In related Ronda Rousey news, the UFC women’s bantamweight champion is still gunning for a super fight with Gina Carano, though it’s difficult to see how it would be much of a super fight considering that Carano’s last fight was a first-round knockout loss to Cris Cyborg, and that was more than five years ago.
Why not fight Cris Cyborg instead? Well, Rousey has spoken out on that, too, pointing out that Cyborg left on her own volition because of a doping scandal and that she can come back to the UFC any time she wants.
I’m sure the “Rowdy One” wouldn’t have a problem taking that fight either.
What do you think about the comments Ronda Rousey made concerning transgender MMA fighters having an unfair advantage, readers — true or overblown?