Transgender athlete: I deserve to fight in women's MMA


Yesterday transgender athlete Fallon Fox issued an official statement:

“I’d like the world to know that I deserve the right to compete in women’s MMA. I have trained hard for this, sacrificed relationships, invested money to attempt to accomplish my goal of being the best female MMA fighter I can be. I am a woman. A woman who happens to fall into the category of post operative transsexual. Just like there are black women, lesbian women, disabled women, and other types of women… there are trans women. We are just another type in the category of women.”

“There is a misconception out there that post operative transsexual women have an automatic advantage over women born with complete female anatomy. This is simply not true. The general public needs to be aware of this and we are hoping to shed light on this misconception.”

“I can not wait to fight again. And I would like to take my skills to the highest levels and promotions that I can.”

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Fox most recently competed for the CFA in Florida and won her bout, a professional bout against another female. It wasn't until after the bout that her unique situation was uncovered and MMA media and fans began arguing the moral and professional questions surronding a male who became a female through surgery competing against women in professional MMA. Loretta Hunt of Sports Illustrated delved into the question more in depth:

"This wasn't something that I wanted to come out," said Fallon. "I consider it my personal business, part of my medical history. It's not something I like to discuss with people, but I've been bracing for this for years, thinking when was the phone call going to come?"

In a perfect world, Fallon would not have been obligated to reveal her transsexuality beyond the state athletic commissions that license her. A transgender policy has already been drafted for the sport. In 2012 the Association of Boxing Commissions drafted a transgender policy for the sport. It just hasn't been needed until now.

What happens to Fallon next will set the groundwork for others to follow, a small consolation as she wades through the misconceptions and misnomers and rises to tackle the discriminatory reactions she'll get in the coming weeks. That's the problem with being first. Trailblazers are usually not revered until that treacherous road snakes long behind them.

When the dust settles, Fallon hopes fans will see that MMA is as much a part of her as it is for Anderson Silva, Georges St.-Pierre or Ronda Rousey. It's as much a part of her identity as her transsexuality is. Fallon has struggled for years to find her identity and she doesn't want to let it go. Should she really have to?

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Cantgetitup site profile image  

3/14/13 2:10 PM by Cantgetitup

If joe wants to see me fight a man then I willingly accept his challenge. Then we will see what u all think of joe for hitting a woman

Jive Turkey site profile image  

3/14/13 1:35 PM by Jive Turkey

Where did I say Fallon suffers from this???It's the absolute declarations of "xx = woman, xy = man, no denying" that I'm responding to. Honestly, how can you not make that connection? Unbelievable

Sam Lowry site profile image  

3/14/13 1:30 PM by Sam Lowry

To be honest all womens sports are somewhat pointless. They all end up as competitions to see who can be the least female while technically still being female. Mind you now I think about it mens sports are somewhat pointless too, being competitions on whoe can be the most single minded obsessive and therefore least interesting human beings on the planet.

JSF1984 site profile image  

3/14/13 1:13 PM by JSF1984

Maybe you should read up on it a little more. Fox didn't suffer from this so why are you bringing it up?

pegson123 site profile image  

3/14/13 12:56 PM by pegson123

U deserve nothing when it comes to wmma

cheesesteak site profile image  

3/14/13 12:47 PM by cheesesteak

shemales need to fight shemales

Jive Turkey site profile image  

3/14/13 12:43 PM by Jive Turkey

All you muppets who think this is the be-all-and-end-all of the debate should look up androgen insensitivity syndrome. Again, I'm not saying Fallon should be allowed to fight women, I'm just saying some of the arguments put forth here are extremely uneducated

Uchi site profile image  

3/14/13 11:51 AM by Uchi

While there is a solid amount of bigotry exhibited in this thread, I do agree that getting into the more complex psychological and physiological discussions regarding transgenders muddies the water needlessly here.I think as was said, while the IOC may have guidelines in place (and they do because they recognized they needed to have SOMETHING for now until they actually had to deal with it), there is no precedent set for transgenders in combat sports. Combat sports must have a different perspective due to the personal safety aspect for both participants. MMA is not the sport to try this out in IMO.

Res ispa loquitur site profile image  

3/14/13 11:40 AM by Res ispa loquitur

Androgen insentivitiy syndrome. Biology is never as black and white as people want to be..

BigEyedFish site profile image  

3/14/13 11:38 AM by BigEyedFish

" Last I checked a lot of people are in jail for this very reason? "for what reason?