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Paulo Costa offers to ‘beat up’ transgender fighter Fallon Fox for ‘free’

UFC 217: Hendricks v Costa Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Despite not competing in professional mixed martial arts (MMA) since 2014, transgender women’s bantamweight fighter Fallon Fox is still grabbing headlines.

This time around, rising Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Paulo Costa was the one to take shots at Fox during a recent Facebook video submission, offering to step in and take out the transgender fighter for free.

“I would love it if this Fallon Fox fought a man,” said Costa (translation via AG Fight). “A well-prepared fighter. In fact, I’m making myself available to fight him for free, just so I can beat him up. I wouldn’t even need much time. Just a few minutes.”

Remember, this isn’t the first time someone in the MMA community took shots at Fox for fighting in women’s MMA after being born a man. Former UFC superstar Ronda Rousey discussed chopping off peckers, while former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione called Fox a “sick, sociopathic disgusting freak.”

“He was born a man, and he is a man, even though he calls himself a transsexual”, said Costa. “It’s absurd cowardice, not only by him, but also by the promoters of any event that has accepted this kind of absurdity. He has simply annihilated the girls who have fought against him. They were slaughtered, they put their lives at risk, they put their physical integrity at risk”.

While Costa believes that Fox is taking advantage of his/her ability to compete against female fighters, the Brazilian also wants his fans to know he’s not speaking out against transgenders in general or homosexuality.

“I don’t want to get into [the personal aspect] of his choice, to be transsexual or not, homosexual or not,” said Costa. “What happens here is that a man is fighting against girls, against women, as if he were one. This is absurd, and it can’t be accepted.”

As it stands today, current UFC bantamweight fighter Ashlee Evans-Smith is the only fighter to defeat Fox. But if Costa ever gets his hands on the transgender 42-year-old, that lone loss would most certainly turn into two.

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