[VIDEO] Fallon Fox Says Trangender MMA Fighters Shouldn't Have To Tell Their Opponents
Posted by Joseph Lee on 03.18.2013
Do you agree?
MMA Junkie reports that Fallon Fox was interviewed for Inside MMA on AXS TV where she said she doesn't believe that she and other transgender MMA fighters should have to give their medical history to opponents.
While Fox is 2-0 after a recent 39-second knockout of Ericka Newsome in a Championship Fighting Alliance tournament, whether or not she should be fighting women is up for debate. She was born a man but had gender reassignment surgery and began supplemental hormonal therapy in 2006.
She said: "I don't believe a transgender fighter should have to disclose her personal medical history to other female fighters before they fight. It's simply for the reason the medical community and the scientific community have come to the consensus that post-operative transsexual fighters who have been on hormone-replacement therapy and testosterone suppression, when they're going from male to female, haven't been found to have any physiological advantages over other women. So why should we have to disclose our personal medical history?"
Others, including MMA Junkie medical columnist Dr. Johnny Benjamin and MMA fighter/osteopath Rosi Sexton say current scientific evidence is limited and there is no real consensus. CFA continue to support Fox's involvement in the tournament. While her license is under review, she will continue in the tournament if cleared. They have even postponed the next round as she gets her licensing issues taken care of.
Some opponents have said they would not want to face her. UFC president Dana White said it's up to athletic commissions to decide if she can fight, but said that she's not ready to fight in the UFC anyway.
Fox added: "Some fighters have already said they would not want to fight me. I think that's because they're scared, No. 1, because I'm pretty good. Or they might just have a bias or they might just be a hate-filled person who doesn't want to touch me or whatever. But I don't want to fight those people anyway because they're scared, so what kind of fight would that be?"