… “I’ve never felt so overpowered”
In a case you didn’t know, Fallon Fox is probably the most known transgender female fighter in the world and is a former MMA fighter. Early in her life, when she was around 5-6 years-old, Fox recalls struggling with her gender. Soon as she became a teenager she believed that she’s a gay male until she found out the term transgender, although, she was still living as a male. She even got married to her girlfriend at the time at the age of 19 and got a daughter.
Soon after she got married Fox joined the Army to support her family. After she left the Army, Fox went to University, but she left it citing ongoing psychological stress problems from her unresolved gender issues. Finally, in 2006, Fallon Fox traveled to Bangkok together with her daughter and did all the necessary surgeries to become a woman.
There was a lot of controversy around Fallon’s licensing process and many well-known fighters and commentators were against Fallon’s license but she had a green light to fight in women divisions in MMA fighting.
Back in 2014 Fox was fighting her female opponent Taika Brents. It would be “just another fight” for Fallon and Tamika if Tamika didn’t suffer serious injuries before she was TKO’d.
Everything happened in the first round and in the first two and a half minutes. It was messy, it was bloody and it’s not easy viewing for everybody. Tamika suffered a concussion and a broken skull and Fallon Fox wasn’t stopping until Tamika Brents was finally TKO’d.
After the fight, Tamika Brents gave an interview and she said that she never felt such power and strength at any woman before she was fighting Fallon Fox.
“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.” – Tamika Brents said.
Ashley McGuire, author of Sex Scandal: “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, there 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?”
Even if we’re trying to be politically correct, have equal rights, and accept anyone as he wants us to accept him we should draw a line in some cases. According to many scientists, Men and Women are inherently different, and pretending that they’re equal is actually making some women pay a huge price for it.
Are we becoming too “politically correct”? I mean, are we becoming too careful not to offend or upset any group of people in society who have a disadvantage, or who have been treated differently because of their sex, race, or disability?
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, women’s BJJ gis, and 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.