Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 4/11/13
Reigning UFC women's champion Ronda Rousey said she would reluctantly accept a bout against transgendered fighter Fallon Fox, although Rousey told The New York Post such a fight wouldn't be "fair." "She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it's still the same bone structure a man has," Rousey told the newspaper. "It's an advantage. I don't think it's fair." Fox, who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2006, has been discussed among MMA circles since she admitted in March she was born a man. The revelation put her fighting license in jeopardy -- although she has since been cleared to fight -- and raised the question whether Fox should be allowed to fight women. Fox is 2-0 and has another fight scheduled next month in a lower MMA league. The discourse took an ugly turn earlier this week when UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione called Fox "a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak" among other things in an interview on Monday. The UFC suspended Mitrione indefinitely for violating the organization's code of conduct policy. "The organization finds Mr. Mitrione's comments offensive and wholly unacceptable," the UFC said in a statement when the suspension was announced on Monday. Rousey said she got the point that Mitrione was attempting to make but didn't approve the language he used. "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." Rousey told The New York Post that she competed in judo against hermaphroditic athletes but added that fighting a post-operative transgendered woman is different. "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. ... It's going to draw a lot of emotions." As for fighting Fox, Rousey said she would take the fight. "What if she became UFC champion and we had a transgender women's champion?" Rousey said. "It's a very socially difficult situation."
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