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The Unsupportable Opinion: Why Are We Still Talking About Fallon Fox?

(Not pictured: Anything Fallon Fox has actually done in the cage.)

Let me make one thing clear from the very beginning: I’m not trying to say that it wasn’t newsworthy — even inspirational — when Fallon Fox first came out as a transgender MMA fighter. Transgender individuals are extremely prone to harassment, discrimination, violence and bigoted stereotyping — all tragically evident by looking at the Facebook posts and tweets that have been directed at Fox since she came out roughly one month ago. I am in full support of her rights to be socially acknowledged and treated as any other woman would be treated outside of the cage.

Yet during this past month, Fallon Fox has received more attention for simply existing (she’s 0-0 since coming out) than most professionals have received for actually fighting. We’ve seen numerous fighters come forward to offer their opinions on whether or not Fox should be allowed to compete against women. Some have managed to do so in a reasonable, intelligent manner. Others have spoken about “it” as if she isn’t even human. For that matter, even people who aren’t MMA fighters have expressed a willingness to compete against her.

Mind you, this was all before Matt Mitrione called Fox “a lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak” on Monday’s edition of “The MMA Hour,” earning him an indefinite suspension from the UFC.

Despite the punishment, UFC fighters are still willing to discuss Fallon Fox — who, let’s remember, doesn’t even fight in the UFC — with reporters. Yesterday, The New York Post published an interview with one of the most talented, popular, and accomplished female fighters of all time, Ronda Rousey. A total of zero questions had anything to do with Rousey’s own future in the sport, instead focusing on how she feels about potentially fighting Fallon Fox:

“She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it’s still the same bone structure a man has,” Rousey told The Post. “It’s an advantage. I don’t think it’s fair.”

Rousey said Mitrione worded his views “extremely poorly” and believes the UFC was justified in suspending the heavyweight fighter. But she thinks his sentiments came from the right place. In Rousey’s opinion, Mitrione believes Fox is still a man, who wants to beat up women for a living.

“I understand the UFC doesn’t want to be associated with views like that,” Rousey said. “I’m also glad they didn’t straight cut him.”

Speaking of questionable word choices, I can’t help but feel that her usage of the word “pecker” is going to create an overreaction among the mainstream media outlets. But I digress.

It’s right around now — when accomplished athletes such as Ronda Rousey and Alexis Davis are fielding questions about Fallon Fox instead of their own careers — that we in the MMA media need to stop and ask ourselves what we’re actually doing. Are we really respecting a woman’s right to be treated as any other female, or are we treating Fallon Fox like a sideshow and milking her transgender status for as many page views as we can get?

Because — let’s be honest — if we’re truly concerned with treating Fallon Fox the way that we’d treat any other woman, we wouldn’t continue to force her name into interviews and conference calls. As Jonathan Snowden recently argued, Fox is a thirty-seven year old fighter competing in a small-time, regional promotion that even most hardcore MMA fans wouldn’t recognize. She is 2-0 in her professional career, but has yet to fight an opponent who has actually won a professional bout. She has not been offered a contract by the UFC, Invicta, or Bellator. This is all to say that she hasn’t accomplished anything yet that justifies the non-stop media attention that she has received for the past month.

Giving Fox undue attention over her transgender status isn’t embracing her so much as it’s exploiting her. Forcing her into conversations with UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez isn’t being tolerant, it’s being a carnival barker — we’re emphasizing what makes her different in hopes of generating reactions from other people. Emphasizing her reputation over her skills and accomplishments wades into Kimbo Slice territory; that’s bound to make the fans’ reactions that much more harsh when she actually loses. Also, when former UFC heavyweight Sean McCorkle starts looking for ways to involve himself in this story by taking credit for Mitrione’s suspension-earning jokes, it’s safe to say that we’re no longer coming from a place of acceptance.

This doesn’t mean it’s wrong to make the distinction between Fallon Fox the woman and Fallon Fox the fighter. As of now, there is no conclusive evidence that transgender females do not have unfair competitive advantages over their opponents. There is research that suggests that unfair advantages exist. There is also research that suggests they do not. Another “MMA fighter says Fox has/doesn’t have a competitive advantage” article isn’t going to bring anything new to the discussion.

But you know what will bring something new to the discussion? The result of her fight against Allana Jones on May 24th. After that we might be able to gauge what kind of future — if any — she has in our sport. We’ll be able to publish a story about Fox that’s actually pertinent to what she has been doing in the cage. And if we’re truly concerned with treating her as an equal, we can hold off on cramming her into our headlines until then.


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randec- April 13, 2013 at 10:03 pm
Every real man knows there is no surgery you can have that makes it OK to hit women. Seth Falvo is not a real man.
gdxbcmcg- April 12, 2013 at 11:03 am
upto I looked at the paycheck for $9162, I didnt believe friends brother woz like really erning money in there spare time from their laptop.. there uncle haz done this for under 20 months and just cleared the debts on their place and got a top of the range Nissan GT-R:. read more at,
PurpleDickMeat- April 11, 2013 at 10:58 pm
So if it's dick was turned into a vagina, would Nate Diaz be it's top?? Or would they just scissor cuz he has a pussy too?
dranokills- April 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm
"or are we treating Fallon Fox like a sideshow and milking her transgender status for as many page views as we can get?"
says the man who is doing that very thing.
"And if we’re truly concerned with treating her as an equal, we can hold off on cramming her into our headlines until then."
says the man who is FISTING her onto the headlines now.
Mr_Misanthropy- April 11, 2013 at 6:33 pm
Why do fags like ribbed condoms?

Better traction in the mud.
realfighterfan- April 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm
Absolutely criminal to let that ( F R E A K ) fight "REAL" women. God is up there just shaking his head and saying "now I know its time to pull the plug"
samclark- April 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm
It shouldn't be allowed to fight.
Lex Talionis- April 11, 2013 at 4:25 pm
OK in answer to my own question earlier. Fallon says he never trained or competed as a man. He started training in 08, two years after his surgery and had his first mma fight about a year and a half ago. Also found an interview where Fallon is there with his lesbian partner. Not that there is anything wrong with that, just hard to wrap my head around cutting off my dick so I could be with women.
crappiefloper- April 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm
Living like a women would be pretty sweet though. Throw out all sense if logic, reason, and accountability.
I can see the appeal
Lex Talionis- April 11, 2013 at 3:26 pm
Her fight with Jones brings nothing new to the table, even if he loses it still doesn't prove men don't have an advantage over women. It just proves he still sucks and couldn't beat her even with an advantage. How many people have taken PEDS and still lost, didn't mean they didn't have more of an advantage than they normally would. I think Rousey would stomp a mudhole in Brian Carraway's bitch ass but that doesn't settle the argument that men have a natural advantage.
macreadysshack- April 11, 2013 at 3:19 pm
She looks a bit like the love child of Mark Kerr and Rickson Gracie.
IronClad- April 11, 2013 at 3:04 pm
HE is a fucking circus freak. Gross. Look at those big ol man hands waiting to finger blast your virgin asshole. Woof.
realfighterfan- April 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm
Both Guyborg and Fallon Fox belong in a circus cage sideshow. What has this world come to. Its bad enough that some doctor would do such a FREAKISH procedure but its beyond comprehension why the athletic commission would let this ( M A L E ) fight females. Granted GUYBORG shouldn't be allowed to fight "REAL" women either and there is no doubt whatsoever that GUYBORG is more man than Fallon Fox ever was.
Alan K- April 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm
Why would McCorkle take credit for those jokes? They were terrible.
El Guapo- April 11, 2013 at 2:43 pm
Because she's Foxy, that's why!
What? What I say?
danomite- April 11, 2013 at 2:30 pm
Ok, no more articles!
rickards- April 11, 2013 at 12:59 pm
37? she looks good for 37! i'd hit that
Shifty-Eyed Dog- April 11, 2013 at 2:12 pm
...except she also just LOOKS like a man in drag.
ArmFarmer- April 11, 2013 at 12:52 pm
If someone posed as a retarded person to compete against and defeat handicapped people, and then revealed that he's not actually clinically disabled.. But damnit he feels that way inside.. Are we going to call that "inspirational" too? Are we going to scold anyone who speaks out and label them intolerant and hateful, because he was just trying to express himself? Id really like to know what is inspirational about the fallon fox debacle.
El Famous Burrito- April 11, 2013 at 1:51 pm
towelie- April 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm
someone brought up a good question in the comments of the Meathead article. how many fights did Fallon have as a man?
algiersheadkick504- April 11, 2013 at 11:59 am
Thanks for the pic ended up looking like an old soggy fried taco
crappiefloper- April 11, 2013 at 11:58 am
I know right? She's not a real women unless she can blow me, take a punch, and make me a sammich all in the same night.
algiersheadkick504- April 11, 2013 at 11:38 am
She has to do porn and get manhandled like a real woman then we can approve her to fight women
SquirrelBoy- April 11, 2013 at 11:20 am
I've never been so happy to be beyond flacid
Tuxy79- April 11, 2013 at 11:56 am
Darkside- April 11, 2013 at 10:55 am
Goddamn, look at the size of those hands!
coolsnow7- April 11, 2013 at 10:52 am
How is this opinion unsupportable? I thought this would be arguing that Fox is the next Rousey due to his/her/it's bone structure. But this article was extremely reasonable.
Clyde- April 11, 2013 at 10:16 am
If it's OK to ask Movie stars for their views on politics, music, gay marriage, the new pope, whatever else happens to be a hot topic at the time of the interview, they yes, it is fine to ask MMA fighters about their opinion Fallon Fox, whether they are going to be fighting her or not.

The vast majority of journalism is finding a story, and then bringing in as much opinion around it as possible. Disecting it from every angle until the general public stops caring.

If no one put any spin on it, we would only need one website for all the news in the world. Dispensing only confirmed facts with no opinions for us to relate to or to oppose. Yes, the only facts are that Fallon Fox is a Transgender athlete who has a 2-0 record. But if you leave it at that, who's going to visit your website Seth?
google- April 11, 2013 at 10:09 am
Of course Ronda wont fight him, she would not even move up 10 pounds to take on Cyborg. Wasnt she running her mouth about being able to beat up Mesha Tates BF before there fight? Funny how much shit she talks, but wont back any of it up.