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UFC 161's Alexis Davis open to fighting Fallon Fox at bantamweight

While mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters like Matt Mitrione are shunning Fallon Fox, others such as Alexis Davis are welcoming fights against the transgender competitor.

UFC 161 press conference

Tread lightly.

Number five ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women's bantamweight contender Alexis Davis -- who will make her Octagon debut against Rosi Sexton at UFC 161 on June 15, 2013 -- has no qualms stepping into the cage against Fallon Fox, the first-ever transgender mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter licensed to compete against women after having been born a man.

Fox -- who came under fire after Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation investigated her application for suspicion of fibbing -- has garnered buzz (mostly negative) from the MMA community after it was discovered she underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2006.

After being cleared on any wrongdoing, Fallon is now legally allowed to "beat up" women.

And though Fallon is undefeated (2-0) in the featherweight division courtesy of two first-round victories, Davis would "consider" fighting her, as long as Fox can make the drop down to bantamweight.

As "Ally-Gator" revealed during today's UFC 161 press conference, she pretty much goes toe-to-toe with "guys" during training, anyway.

"I don't really think for myself I can really give a comment on that. I think I'm ignorant when it comes to the biology of the human body when they're going through that transition and change. But, would I fight her? If she dropped down to 135 (pounds), I would highly consider it. I pretty much would fight anybody. If she gets up in the rankings and comes across my path, it's not too much of a problem for me. I train with guys every day. Like I said, I can't really say too much in regards to how much the body changes and how much strength they're going to have and testosterone levels. It's a hard question to answer."

Perhaps Davis should have schooled Matt Mitrione on how to be politically correct when answering questions on such a touchy subject.

"Meathead" was suspended by his employer after the heavyweight went on an "offensive" verbal tirade against Fox during a recent interview in which he labeled her a "sick, sociopathic disgusting freak." An interview company president Dana White said he had no business giving in the first place.

Nevertheless, should Fox ever climb the ranks and find herself competing inside the Octagon, she has at least one challenger who would "consider" fighting her.

But, will Fallon even come close to getting a chance to compete on the biggest MMA stage of them all?

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