I am an avid follower of Holly Holm because I know her personally. I cannot WAIT for the day that UFC matches her up with current bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. However....I have a HUGE amount of respect for Ronda Rousey also. Even though I know when the day comes Holly's going to knock her out.....still......

But as I have been following to sport waiting for Holly's next fight as she's recovering from a broken arm, I ran across this.....

http://www.foxsports.com/ufc/haymaker/ronda-rousey-transgender-figh...

So they have a transgender female named Fallon Fox fighting as a female....

OK. I for one think this is bull shit. Just because she may have undergone some surgery, and taken some hormones doesn't take away the fact that she IS as strong as a man. So basically the women UFC fighters are now contending against a man. (biologically speaking)....

While I LOVE Ronda Rousey's attitude towards this, "I'll knock her out anyway" I'm not so sure.

Here was Tamikka Brent's response after fighting against 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," Brents said in a Whoa TV interview. "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...

Would the UFC even consider allowing a transgendered man fight against men? I don't think so. So why are they allowing a man fight women? That is what this is basically.

What is the future of Transgender women and men in sports? Do you think that the individual should compete as the gender they were born?

I think Fallon Fox should compete as a man. End of story.

What do you think?

We just got done talking on TA about Rice beating his wife and that he could have killed her. Is it possible that Fallon Fox could kill a woman that he....I mean she....fights against?

PLEASE!!!! I mean absolutely NOOOOOOO disrespect to transgendered men and women reading this. But what we're talking about here is MMA FIGHTING!!!!!! if Fallon Fox is good enough to be in the UFC, why don't they have her competing with the men?

Do you think this is fair???? This is more of a biological question. Should women be expected in sports to fight against transgendered people who were born male????

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I think if they maintain a male/female split for biological reasons (on which I personally believe superior physical strength qualifies) then that should hold for a transgendered individual. I mean, would a man wearing women's clothes be acceptable? Of course, some men are physically weaker than some men. Given that, perhaps the division should not be by gender but by weight / strength. Not sure if there is an objective way to measure strength though.

Joe Rogan made some comments regarding this that I agree with.  Fallon has 20+ years of having a male physical structure that is geared for hunting/combat, and cosmetic changes will not change any of those advantages.  Fallon competing against other women is effectively no different than any man competing with women, and if his training is on par with those women then his physical structure will give him a distinct advantage. 

I'm a big fan of Miesha Tate and Liz Carmouche, and I'm looking forward to the new weight class that UFC is adding to the women's roster.  It will be interesting to see how this plays out.

This article weighs in on the opposite perspective: http://keepingscore.blogs.time.com/2013/05/24/should-a-former-man-b...

Apparently the scientists are on fox's side, also saying that athletes have many different advantages based on genetics, and no one complains. To keep her from fighting would be discriminatory...

Do you agree? Looking at her muscles and build, is looking at a man's body. So to me, she should be fighting with the men....

What do you think?
I might be changing my own mind here...

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=B8cgJ0qyurI

It seems that science is on her side to fight as a woman...she is a woman now.....but......when you look at her body she still has male strength....i dunno....

Anyone else want to weigh in here? No pun intended :)
Here is a fight for scrutiny:

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=O63KAKFPC7g


Even how she is able to lift up that girl and slam her down....you can't tell me that there's no advantage there. that's male strength...

Here are pictures of Cyborg Santos; she gets a ton of guff about being mannish.  Then there are some pictures of Fallon Fox.  Shoulder width translates into punching power, so does leg strength.  He looks to have some obvious physical advantages

Yep. Quite frankly I am shocked that scientists are on their side in saying they are on par with women. I also think it dangerous to have what are basically male athletes fighting against female athletes in a combat sport that could kill you or cause serious injury. I think they need to be competing with the men, or create a "transgender" bantamweight title....

I've only heard of Dr. Eric Vilain supporting it.  That Time article sounded kind of weak on the science side.  I'm sure there will be additional studies as things progress, and suspect that he will probably be debunked.

Here one of Fallon's fights that highlights the obvious physical advantages better than the pictures.

I just can't believe the UFC allows this. It really would make more sense for her to compete with men.

The kicker is that Fox has a weak skill set.  If controversy fame gets her a fight in the top bracket, someone like Tate will knock her head off, or Rousey will take Fox's arm home with her in a bag.

LOL!!! Yes, I think so but if Fox gets on top of Rousey like she did Jones, she will have an easier time attempting a submission, only because of brute force. That's the only thing she has going for her.

Yup, it is the only thing going for Fox.  She would be best to stay in the CFA.  With that skill set she would struggle just to be the gatekeeper in women's UFC, even with the man-body advantage.

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