From the very beginning Fallon Fox has caused a considerable stir in the mixed martial arts (MMA) community. There’s something that just seems unfair about a transgender competitor attempting to compete with females born into the gender.
Ronda Rousey, UFC bantamweight champion maintained some strong opinions of the subject of Fox’s eligibility to fight vs. biologically born women that she expressed in a New York Post interview not long ago.
“She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it’s still the same bone structure a man has,” expressed Rousey. “It’s an advantage. I don’t think it’s fair… It’s not something that happened to her. It was a decision she made. She should be aware in her career after that; it’s going to be an arduous path. I don’t know why she’s surprised by that. It’s going to draw a lot of emotions.”
Rousey isn’t alone in her opinion with several other female UFC contenders feeling likewise, such as Miesha Tate who revealed her disapproval some time ago. Rousey wisely avoided the mistakes of fellow UFC fighter Matt Mitrione, who expressed his similar opinion in an unnecessarily insulting and disrespectful way earning him an indefinite suspension and as such needn’t worry about the UFC’s management coming down on her for respectfully expressing her concerns.
The question isn’t so much should Fallon Fox be allowed to compete in MMA as it is, should she be allowed to compete against biologically born women when she was born a male. While some medical experts assert her biology is very similar to a biologically born female’s as a result of the hormone therapy, there are those that respectfully disagree. The issue boils down to the relatively recent nature of gender reassignment. There hasn’t been much research done on its effects which complicates the issue.
Is it possible that political correctness is causing some of the problems? Definitely! No one would argue against the fact that the MMA press deserves a good deal of credit for its stance against discrimination, but sometimes this can be taken too far. A good deal of those expressing their concerns about Fox are rapidly considered “misinformed,” and disregarded despite the fact that placing a transgender in a cage with a biologically born female without knowing the playing field is truly even is equally ignorant.
Original article written by David King
Rewritten by Chauncey Kent