Paulo Costa Wants To Fight Transgender MMA Competitor


Paulo Costa is an undefeated fighter who is coming off of a victory over former UFC Welterweight Champion Johny Hendricks at UFC 217.

The fighter doesn’t have his next bout lined up at the moment, but the Brazilian has an opponent in mind in transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox.

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“I would love it if this Fallon Fox fought a man,” Costa said on Facebook Video. “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.”

Fallon Fox was originally born a man, but later had undergone gender reassignment surgery to become a woman, which she still is to this day. Fox competed a total of six times against other female professional MMA fighters, most notably fighting UFC veteran Ashlee Evans-Smith in 2013.

Costa, who continuously refers to Fox as a man despite the fact that she is now a female, also holds promoters to blame for putting the fights together.

“He was born a man, and he is a man, even though he calls himself a transsexual,” Costa said. “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. I don’t want to get into [the personal aspect] of his choice, to be transsexual or not, homosexual or not. 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.”

Fox hasn’t competed since September of 2014, where she defeated Tamikka Brents by first round TKO at Capital City Cage Wars: The Undertaking.

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