Dr. Rosi Sexton: 'Hormonally male' female fighters are bad for the sport

by Rosi Sexton | source: bloodyelbow.com

Dr. Rosi Sexton is a Cambridge graduate with a First-class maths degree (US equivalent is Magna Cum Laude from Harvard), a PhD from Cambridge University in Theoretical Computer Science (US equivalent: Smarter than that hair guy in Back to the Future), works as an Osteopath, and is a top 10 P4P women's MMA fighter.  In short, Rosi is a rocket surgeon.

In a guest editorial for Bloody Elbow, Dr. Sexton talks about steroids and women's MMA.

To people within MMA, it usually comes as no surprise when a fighter tests positive for steroids. It's generally accepted that there are a lot of fighters out there who use banned performance enhancing drugs (estimates range from "a significant minority" to "almost all"), but most of the time they get past the limited testing that is put in place either by timing their steroid use carefully, using masking agents or both. It's only when someone makes a mistake that they get caught.

Because of this, performance enhancing drugs are often seen as a non-issue. "They're all taking it anyway, so what's the problem?".

The problem is that this is a combat sport. In most sports, the consequences of failure might be measured in pride, status or money. In MMA, you add physical damage and injury. In female MMA, for example, you can find yourself watching a fighter who is essentially (in hormonal terms) male, beat up a woman. It often makes for uncomfortable viewing. It's bad for the sport, and most of all it's bad for the fighters. It sends the message that following the rules is penalized by getting your face smashed in.

We have a choice to make. We can decide that we want steroids out of the sport. In that case, athletic commissions, governing bodies, promotions alike need to work together to implement gold standard drug policies. The World Anti-Doping Agency work with sporting organizations and produce model rules and protocols for testing. As a minimum, off season random testing of fighters is essential. It might never be possible to get rid of performance enhancing drugs entirely, but it's possible to tighten the net and change the balance between risk and reward in favour of the clean athlete. Some of the athletic commissions are starting to move towards stricter testing, but much more still needs to be done.

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Response from the female MMA community was generally even handed, via twitter.

Get a lot of tweets about Christiana. Don't want to 'kick an opponent when she's down'. I still respect her & we will meet again at Invicta!

Shayna Baszler
Im not defending cyborg or not, but its not always accurate how the media blows things up or paints things

Miesha Tate
Well I am disappointed to find out she was using I gave her the benefit of the doubt too & really admired her

Julia Budd
That's bullshit she woulda killed yamanaka without

Rosi Sexton
Look "just working hard in the gym" won't give a woman muscles like that any more than eating worms and flapping your arms will make you fly

Cris Cyborg

Ronda Rousey
I'm about to fall off the grid for a few days, my last words: I told you so!!!

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Roidie McDouchebag site profile image  

1/10/12 4:28 PM by Roidie McDouchebag

A man with low test levels will still have way more test than a woman.

Dr Violence site profile image  

1/10/12 3:08 PM by Dr Violence

I wouldn't dare try

RLL site profile image  

1/10/12 2:51 PM by RLL

Cyborg is that person... test her genes now and see. I guarantee she wouldn't allow it.  

Dr Violence site profile image  

1/10/12 2:26 PM by Dr Violence

I like Rosi a lot but her argument muddles things imoCyborg used prohibited techniques and that's the end of it, she used the 'illegal move' of taking steroids. The hormone part is irrelevant... even if there were no steroids in existence, you would still get hormonally male female fighters because that's just how nature likes to randomly dish it out... one day we'll get a Caster Semenya in women's MMA and all hell will break looseThe only thing that matters is that tests showed that Cyborg disobeyed a regulation She gave herself male hormones artificially but if she was just born that way, born as a really butch manly woman, then it would be fair and square

Phil999 site profile image  

1/10/12 1:58 PM by Phil999

Explain. they are both unethical.

bhealthy site profile image  

1/10/12 1:37 PM by bhealthy

then do they have to PROVE they are 'hormonally female' to get the HRT or TRT? or can they just walk in to a doc and say 'i have a bout with anderson silva next month, hook me up'

Bat21 site profile image  

1/10/12 1:18 PM by Bat21


Roidie McDouchebag site profile image  

1/10/12 1:08 PM by Roidie McDouchebag

No, but dudes who take female hormones do turn into women...and this is the same in reverse

bhealthy site profile image  

1/10/12 12:56 PM by bhealthy

are people on HRT, TRT 'Hormonally female'?seriously?

Roidie McDouchebag site profile image  

1/10/12 12:31 PM by Roidie McDouchebag

Nope. I didn't say she WAS...and it's like when I'm right, I'm right, when I'm wrong I coulda been right, so I'm still right cause I coulda been wrong, you know, and I'm sorry cause I could be wrong right now, I could be wrong, but if I'm right...