EXCLUSIVE | Danny Acosta Talks WMMA, Transgender Fighters, and Females on The Ultimate Fighter with BJPenn.com’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio
Danny Acosta is a mixed martial arts writer/journalist/reporter who has written stories for FIGHT! Magazine from Los Angeles to London. Acosta’s work has also appeared on ESPN.com and in the San Jose Mercury News online. He can be heard every Thursday on the Sirius Fight Club (Sirius 125, XM 241) for the “Acosta KO” segment between 1-3p.m. PST. He will also be contributing for sherdog.com MMA News.
Mr. Acosta was gracious enough to spend some time with our boys over at BJPenn.com’s Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio discussing Women’s MMA, Fallon Fox, and the next season of The Ultimate Fighter. Here are some highlights from the interview last night:
Acosta on Women’s Mixed Martial Arts and how Fallon Fox (transgender fighter) is impacting the MMA community and WMMA in general:
We have a doctor in our midst here in mixed martial arts, Dr. Rosi Sexton, and she’s a female fighter, a veteran of the female mixed martial arts circuit and she wrote a really great blog post that I recommend that everybody reads on her website. It basically broke up my feelings about this. I don’t really have a problem with Fallon Fox competing in a sport as a transgendered person. I do have an issue with that being a combat sport, however, because this is a sport that is a hurt business. It’s based on damage and that can lead to long term life consequences and if she does retain the muscular endurance or bone density of a man when she’s fighting women then I don’t necessarily think that’s fair. So, that’s really where I stand with it.
Acosta then spoke on how he felt about other women, such as Miesha Tate, turning down a fight against a transgendered fighter:
I think it’s totally within the rights of the female fighter to say we don’t consider that to be a fair thing so I don’t want to do it.
Acosta then touched on the topic of Fallon Fox not disclosing her past male-to-female operation and the two KO wins she compiled before being questioned about her sexuality:
Basically what it breaks down to, is it fair that she has to disclose her medical history, something very private and personal like that? Well, no, but at the same time she’s not doing something that is a right in fighting mixed martial arts, it’s a privilege and I think that’s where it becomes an issue of yes, she should have disclosed it because it is part of a medical history, the chemical makeup that makes up her ability as a fighter.
I think at the end of the day it has to do a lot with the rights of her opponents as much as it has to do with her rights.
Acosta then spoke about his thoughts on the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter with women fighters and coaches:
I love the fact that they’re doing female coaches. I wish it would have been an all female season. I don’t necessarily see the need to have 135 pound males there. We just had John Dodson win that tournament not too long ago. I think it’s for more of a reality show thing where they’re going to have the men and women do a real world/ road rules challenge kind of deal. I hope it’s not that. I hope it’s not reality show-esque and the reason that they booked both the males and females next season is I hope it shows the females alongside the men and it shows they’re just as valuable commodities, as valuable of fighters, just as hard working as the men and it helps increase the perception of female mixed martial arts. However, you have to be skeptical because The Ultimate Fighter has been Junie Browning, it’s been guys jazzing in fruit plates and doing all kinds of disgusting college antics so I hope we get something good out of this next season because I love the potential of having the females on the show.
To hear the entire interview on Fist-Ta-Cuff Radio click here.