This is Fallon Fox, a now-professional MMA (mixed martial arts) fighter. Despite his feminine hairdo, silicone-filled breasts, plucked-to-within-an-inch-of-their-lives eyebrows, and the fact that he is in the women’s division of MMA, Fallon Fox is a guy. He had a “sex change operation” in 2006, so he’s a guy without a penis, but he is a guy nonetheless. With five wins and not a single loss under his belt, Fallon Fox makes his living beating the crap out of women. You know, the real kind of women – females.
This guy concealed the fact that he was a guy in order to compete against women in the women’s division. (In case anyone is unsure, combat sports are segregated by sex, not gender, and there are pretty good, science-based reasons for that.) The women he fought had no idea he was actually a man. Recently, Fallon Fox outed himself as transgender. The wording on this article is a little ambiguous. Fox is not a “female transgender”, he is a man who thinks he is a woman. Rightly, the Boxing Commission are currently reviewing his license.
I was discussing this earlier with a friend of mine, a fellow MMA enthusiast. When I mentioned that Fox had won all of his fights in the first round, his most recent a TKO in the first 39 seconds, he said, “Yes, but Ronda Rousey has a similar record. That doesn’t mean anything.”
Let’s look at Ronda Rousey.
Ronda Rousey is a woman. A female woman, not a man who thinks he is a woman. She is an Olympic athlete with a bronze medal in Judo. Rousey’s mother was also a judoka and also an Olympic medal winner. She’s been trained for combat from girlhood. I once watched an interview where she revealed that her mother would come into her room while she was sleeping, and start yelling, “Always be prepared!” while trying to get her into an arm bar. Whether or not that’s child abuse is a topic for another post; one that will not be written by me.
She has never lost a fight in her career to date and became the first female champion of the UFC after defeating Liz Carmouche. That fight was tough for me! I’ve been following Ronda’s career for a while and I think she’s spectacular but Liz is a really cute lesbian who seems really nice and she gave Ronda a pretty good run for her money so, you know…. Anyway, Ronda Rousey has won all her fights in the first round by arm bar. She’s kind of a big deal. The point is, she’s worked her ass off since she was a little girl to be in the position she is now. She didn’t just waltz in all hopped up on magic gender juice, with muscles that had been through a male, testosterone-heavy puberty, and start kicking the shit out of women.
Fallon Fox is 36 years old. That’s ten years older than Rousey. He has just begun his professional career. If he was female, in MMA terms, he should be starting to put together his retirement fund. It is almost unheard of for women to beging their professional MMA career in their thirties and if they do, they certainly don’t have a win streak like Fox’s. Hell, it’s unusual to even see women in their late thirties compete. Because of his male strength, Fox could potentially have a ten year career of beating up women. It’s not unusual at all to see men in their late thirties and forties in the cage. Fox is one of them.
One of Fox’s “opponents” was Alyssa Vasquez. Vasquez signed on to fight what she thought was a woman, knowing only Fox’s fight record (2-0 at the time) and his name. Of the fight Vasquez said, “I have fought some amazing women in the cage, but I can honestly say she was the fastest and strongest fighter I’ve ever faced.” After she learned of Fox’s biological sex, Vasquez, understandably, says she felt like she had been treated unfairly. When asked if she would have accepted the fight had she known Fox’s true sex, she said no, she wouldn’t and that she was considering appealing to have the fight either taken off her record completely or deemed “no-contest”.
MMA is a combat sport. It’s dangerous. People get seriously hurt. Even non-contact sports are segregated by sex. Men don’t play on women’s cricket teams, basketball teams, baseball teams etc. Semi-contact and full contact sports are regulated in the same way. Ditto to the Olympic Games (remember Caster Semenya?) and virtually every single other professional sports body.
If we start letting men fight in the women’s division of any combat sport, but we won’t let little girls play on school football teams because they’re for boys, or let them play on boys’ basketball teams, or, in some cases, don’t let them play sport at all, that means we are saying, as a society, “It is ok for a male opponent to kick the shit out of a female opponent in the context of a sporting event but it is not ok for females to think they could ever play on the same team as a male.”
Women are for fucking, fucking over, and fucking up. We are not men’s comrades. We are, at best, their subordinates and, at worst, their enemy. We may compete against them, but never alongside them.
Just to make that clear, here is a picture of Fallon Fox, a man, being paid to knee a woman in the face.
If it is decided that Fox is no longer allowed to kick the shit out of women under the guise of a ‘sporting event’, it’s likely he will claim he is being discriminated against on the grounds of gender identity.
Here is a picture of a Saudi Arabian woman who has to wear a full niqab even while swimming.
Does anyone really think this woman would be able to go swimming dressed like the men in this picture and contest her public stoning on the grounds that she feels like a man on the inside?
Fallon Fox is a man. If he wants to compete in MMA, he needs to fight men. If he’s too scared to do that (I wouldn’t blame him; you’d never catch me in an octagon) then he needs to do something else with his life.
Fallon, if you’re reading this, I think Jose Aldo needs taken down a peg. Or are you chicken?