Amid all the recent news and controversy surrounding transgender mixed martial artist Fallon Fox, fans and media have been asking themselves many questions regarding what this could mean for Women’s MMA. Does Fox have an advantage over women? Are we being unfair by debating her sex? While the final decision resides with athletic commissions, we are all eager to know what promotions and their executives think of transgender competitors.
UFC President Dana White recently spoke with Abe Kanan on Sirius XM radio regarding Fox, stating, “It’s a question for the athletic commissions. I don’t know how they would rule on that. That’s a really tough one, and that’s in the hands of the commission, not me.” White also addressed the hypothetical question of Fox potentially fighting under the UFC banner. “All this other hype about Fallon Fox fighting in the UFC or whatever, understand this first and foremost, everyone that Fallon Fox has fought has a losing record.”
Not only has the MMA community been following this story closely. CNN, The Huffington Post, and other major media outlets have covered Fallon Fox, asking if she has an unfair advantage over female fighters. Fallon, who underwent gender reassignment in 2006, claims there is no competitive advantage. Fallon told CNN, “It’s completely fair, and the medical community stands behind me on that.” Having only been training and in competition since 2008, and with only 2 professional wins, it isn’t necessarily just the gender debate that has Dana White not even entertaining the idea of Fallon Fox in the UFC.
Dana tells Sirius XM, “Before you even think about (Fox) fighting in the UFC, he was a man and now he’s a woman. He’s fighting girls who have losing records. Before you get too crazy about him being in the UFC, he’s so freaking far from being in the UFC that it’s not even funny.” The man makes a great point, not only is the gender gap highly questionable, Fox certainly isn’t close to the upper echelons of WMMA with just 2 pro victories. So it seems that for now, transgender fighters will not be competing in the UFC anytime soon. What does Penn Nation think?
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