The question of whether transgender athletes should be allowed to compete or not has been getting a lot of attention throughout the years. The most controversial case is the Fallon Fox fight. This subject sparked a lot of discussions and disagreements. The most frequent questions are how it should be regulated and should it be allowed. Or more, in particular, are fights between the cisgender women and transgender women fair.
Fallon Fox is the most known transgender female fighter in the world who broke her opponent’s skull in the fight.
Fallon’s fight against Tamikka Brents
“I’ve never felt so overpowered!” – were the words of Tamikka Brents after Fallon Fox broke her skull during their MMA fight.
She defeated Tamikka Brents in a much-anticipated fight that left Tamikka Brents down for the count in the first round. It was messy, it was bloody and it wasn’t easy viewing for everybody. Tamikka suffered a concussion and a broken skull. Fallon Fox wasn’t stopping until Tamikka Brents was finally TKO’d and the referee stopped it. Tamikka needed stitches and serious medical attention after the fight, which shows you how the fight went.
“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not because I’m not a doctor. I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right… I still disagree with Fox fighting. Any other job or career, I say have a go at it, but when it comes to a combat sport I think it just isn’t fair.” – Tamikka Brentssaid in an interview after the fight.
MMA community on this controversy
Ashley McGuire, the author of Sex Scandal on the whole Fallon Fox drama: “The Drive to Abolish Male and Female, said: Twenty years ago if a man hit a woman so hard that he sent her to the hospital, he’d be in prison. Now he can get paid for it.”
In the video below, McGuire explains that the idea that gender is a personal choice is very ANTI-WOMEN and ANTI-SCIENTIFIC.
“That’s because the men-and-women-are-the-same argument invariably leads women to be judged against a male standard. Or, to put it another way, to be more of a woman, a woman has to be more like a man….”
“For the tiny percentage of people who experience gender dysphoria, we should have nothing but compassion. We should do everything we can to help them and protect their dignity, but we don’t need to overturn biologically defined sex differences to do so.”
Among many comments on this fight, this is a very interesting one:
“I don’t understand the problem. I’m constantly told that men and women are equal and that gender is a social construct. I’m constantly shown “badass women” on TV and in movies that can beat up men easily. I’m told a woman can do anything a man can do. DOVE commercials show that girls can run, punch, and jump just as well as men. So… why shouldn’t men fight vs. women? Why segregate sports? If transgender people can use the bathroom, which matches their gender identity, why can’t they choose the UFC gender class that matches their gender identity? You’re not a transphobic/sexist bigot, are you?”
The science behind the transgender’s psychical advantages
According to many scientists, men and women are inherently different, and pretending that they’re equal is making some women pay a huge price for it. It doesn’t matter if a man transitioned into a woman, she still possesses some advantages over the cisgender women competitors. Therefore Fallon Fox had a physical advantage over her opponents.
The study suggests that for the first two years after the subjects started taking hormones, the trans women in the study were able to do 10 percent more pushups and 6 percent more sit-ups than their cisgender female counterparts. After two years, Roberts told NBC News, “they were fairly equivalent to the cisgender women.”
Fallon Fox’s background
Early in her life, when she was around 5-6 years old, Fallon Fox was having gender issues. She knew she was different than other boys her age. At first, she believed that she’s a gay male. After some time she found out about the term transgender, although she was still living as a male, she had a girlfriend. Later on, at the age of 19, she even married her girlfriend and they had a daughter.
After some time, Fox decided to join the army to support her family. Later on, she left the Army and decided to go to the University, but she left it because of ongoing psychological stress problems from her unresolved gender issues.
She decided to do a sex reassignment surgery because she believed that was her only way to live a normal life. The only problem was its price and she didn’t have enough money. Therefore, she decided to get a job. Fallon found a job as a truck driver which enabled her to earn enough money for the operation.
Finally, in 2006, Fallon Fox traveled to Bangkok together with her daughter and did all the necessary surgeries to become a woman. She got all her surgeries and treatments at the Bangkok National Hospital.
Fallon Fox’s first loss
Fallon Fox suffered her first loss against a relatively unknown fighter by the name of Ashlee Evans-Smith. She lost in the third round by technical knockout for the featherweight title fight, which was ongoing during Saturday night’s Championship fighting Alliance 12 event.
Fallon Fox’s licensing process
There was a lot of controversy around Fallon Fox’s licensing process and many well-known fighters and commentators were against Fallon getting the license. One of the people who were against giving Fox a license was famous: comedian, podcaster, and UFC commentator Joe Rogan. He gave some pretty solid arguments against her getting the license to fight, but that didn’t change anything.
Joe Rogan said: First of all, she’s not really a she. She’s a transgender, post-op person. The operation doesn’t shave down your bone density. It doesn’t change. You look at a man’s hands and you look at a woman’s hands and they’re built different. They’re just thicker, they’re stronger, your wrists are thicker, your elbows are thicker, your joints are thicker. Just the mechanical function of punching, a man can do it much harder than a woman can, period.
After some time and many discussions, Fallon Fox got a green light to fight in women’s divisions in MMA fighting which to many came as a surprise.
This is not about us discriminating against anyone or anything, it is just to ensure fighters’ safety, and not give any advantages to any fighters above the others. Gender issues can be hard to deal with and it’s understandable, but we should draw a line in some cases. The fight between Fallon Fox and Tamikka Brents could have ended much worse and we should learn from it. If transgenders were allowed to fight in the women’s division, many other serious injuries would happen.
Overall, I have found the martial arts community to be very welcoming to people of all genders and backgrounds. There are plenty of girls-only classes wearing women’s BJJ gis no matter their psychological wishes. At the end of the day when it comes to training on the mats most partners are concerned with one thing and one thing only – are you a good person or not.