One popular headline that has surfaced in the MMA community has been about transgender fighter Fallon Fox. Fox, who was previously a man before undergoing surgery to become a women, has received a lot of criticism for fighting in women’s MMA. Despite all of the criticism she has taken, she has held her ground, presenting her case as the why she should still compete in the woman’s organization.
Among the reasons, bone density has widely been talked about. Fox has shown that her bone density is no different than that of a women, but many are still skeptical because there is a lot of grey area. Does she possess a man’s strength? UFC bantamweight fighter Miesha Tate chimed in on her thoughts about facing Falling Fox.
In a recent interview with ESPN.com, Tate had this to say, “I have nothing against transgender people. You should live your life however you want. It’s about fighter safety. I wouldn’t feel comfortable getting in with someone who is a woman but developed as a man. I just don’t think it would be safe.”
Tate makes a valid point in saying that it might not be safe, even though MMA is not a safe sport to begin with. The simple fact is that Fallon developed as a man, and might still possess a superior strength advantage against her competition. Fallon is currently 1-0 in her professional career, but she didn’t disclose the information about her being previously a man.
Her response to this was that she shouldn’t have to disclose information because it brings up negative emotions and past experiences. Fallon deserves her privacy, but when it comes to the sport of mixed martial arts, she should have to disclose this information because her opponents might not think it’s fair.
It will be interesting to see if women fighters will accept a fight with Fox, since Fox has publicly revealed her story to the masses.