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The potential women's Bantamweight contender gives her thoughts on fighting a transgender woman.
Over the last week Fallon Fox has become an incredibly controversial figure in MMA. The 2-0 fighter came out as transgender after her license to fight in Florida was called into question. Since then, opinions have varied widely regarding whether or not Fox should be allowed to fight other women. UFC commentator Joe Rogan and orthopedist Dr. Johnny Benjamin were both against the idea, while two sexual reassignment doctors felt Fox held no advantage over her opponents.
"I wouldn't do it," Tate told ESPN.com. "If there was solid research that [proved] she's 100 percent like a female, then I might consider it.
"I have nothing against transgender people. You should live your life however you want. It's about fighter safety. I wouldn't feel comfortable getting in with someone who is a woman but developed as a man. I just don't think it would be safe."
Tate is scheduled to fight Cat Zingano next month at The Ultimate Fighter 17 Finale on April 13. Following the first ever WMMA fight in the UFC at UFC 156, Dana White promised that the winner of that fight would be the most likely challenger for Ronda Rousey.