By: Laura Meyers

Critics are scrutinizing mixed martial arts (MMA) competitor Fallon Fox, after the transgender fighter gave her opponent a concussion and broke her eye socket.

Fox defeated her opponent, Tamikka Brents, by TKO at 2:17 of the first round of their match. Brent’s eye injury resulted in a damaged orbital bone that required seven staples.

In a post-fight interview this week, Brents told Whoa TV, “I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life.”

“I’ve fought a lot of women and have never felt the strength that I felt in a fight as I did that night. I can’t answer whether it’s because she was born a man or not, because I’m not a doctor,” she stated. “I can only say, I’ve never felt so overpowered ever in my life, and I am an abnormally strong female in my own right. ”

Fox’s “grip was different,” Brents added. “I could usually move around in the clinch against…females but couldn’t move at all in Fox’s clinch.”

A video (below) of the fight shows Fox throwing several powerful knees to the face and torso of Brents at the start of the match, who pulled guard to protect herself. Then, Brents turns to avoid damage, where she then took about 45 seconds of elbow and fist strikes before the fight was stopped by the referee.

This is not the first time Fox’s gender controversy has been criticized.

In 2013, after a 39-second knockout victory, Fox’s fifth straight first-round victory, it was revealed that Fox had not told the MMA community about her sex-change operation, which took place in 2006.

Equality or nah?

About The Author

Laura Meyers

Laura is a Kansas girl, born and raised, with three dog siblings and two butt-kicking parents. She is currently an undergrad at Kansas State University fighting commie professors and students, while earning a degree in public relations. Laura is the former Opinion Editor at the K-State Collegian and has written for The Libertarian Republic and Rare. Laura likes to play the drums, shoot guns, sew her own clothes, and be an angsty activist for freedom.

28 Responses

  1. LikeALibertarian

    That male bone structure and body mass must make a difference. Interesting and disturbing.

    • Mike7879

      I have a solution. Fallon’s next “fight” should be against a man. Then his next fight could be against a woman.

  2. LARM

    The author said, “….his sex change operation” the use of “his” is obviously transphobic. Denying a persons right to identify with a gender other than the one assigned at birth sounds bigoted and libertarians are into freedom, no? The freedom to be authentically ones own self should be a basic freedom that libertarians celebrate.

    Ms. Fox may or may not have an advantage. She is average in size for a woman and her muscle mass does not test outside the range for females. The women she defeats may be looking for an excuse for their defeat. Many doctors have looked at her and determined she does not have a physical advantage not attributed to her training dedication. She is an interesting person. Get to know her and perhaps you will change your mind.

    • Mike7879

      Wow! Are you kidding? Men are inherently much physically stronger than women. The best 5′ male martial artist would likely resoundingly defeat the best woman
      martial artist in the world. “Get to know her?” That would resolve the criminality of such an unfair mismatch?

    • AntLion

      We all need to accept everyone for who that want to be, of course! However, if a person is born with an X chromosome they should not be allowed to physically compete with people born with two Y chromosomes. First; it is inherently unfair due to bone density and muscle mass, and second; it’ll destroy female sports if even ten percent of the participating athletes were born male. Women (who were born women) will begin to fear the injuries they will become subject to when competing against former males and may leave sports altogether.

      • sarbour

        Women have 2 X chromosomes and men have 1 X and 1 Y. Should know the basics before you comment.

    • brainshard

      LARM, since you seem interested, I’ll share a few thoughts (fwiw) on libertarian values. You are absolutely correct that libertarians uphold the freedom to fully “own oneself.” This means that Ms. Fox has every moral right to express her thought and feelings, including making claims or assertions about her gender, sexuality, age, etc. She can identify as a man, a squirrel, or a martian.

      But the author (who, after all, owns himself!) is under no obligation to believe or affirm any of Ms. Fox’s assertions. And you (who, owning yourself) have every right to express your believe that the author is a bigot for not doing so.

      To recap, everyone owns themselves, including their thoughts and communication. There is no politically favored speech that overrides the right of others to contradict it.

    • VinnyD13

      “transphobic”? are serious? You are insane. If someone wants to be called a lion and say human, i dont give a dam if they walk around on 4 legs, shave their teeth, sew on a tail and take fur growth supplements, youre a human. And, theres nothing wrong me saying it, especially because some ahole waiving a rainbow flag demands it. As for this disgusting fight, yea it is absolutely absurd HE was allowed in that ring. Just because you lopped your hammer off doesnt reverse the formations of puberty as a male. Her “doctors” can chime all they want (or are paid to) about him/her being no different than a woman, but obviously nature just said loud and clear “bullsh*t, i made a man and there he stands”. That wasnt even a fight, it was a brutal beating. These femenazi’s need to get over that men and woman are the exact same bullsh*t, its make no sense and no matter how many protests and gatherings are marched all over, it wont change reality. You cant make a dog a cat and vice versa. They may be a woman in mind-thats true, and may alter their appearance and hormones artificially… but that does not erase natures work… it just a painting over a painting. And i dont really care nor judge about the gender people see themselves as, but I am not ignoring reality and nodding my head to everything because someone demands it. Its MY opinion, and nature has already backed it up, men and woman are different. And if you’re a woman, I would strongly suggest thinking twice about getting competing against anyone born a man in any contact sport, you will may and probably WILL get severely harmed. You’re an idiot LARM, face facts.

    • Katsitu

      Here is where you are incorrect. Men are physiologically different from women, they are stronger regardless of mass similarity. Though she identified as a woman, and she has had her genitalia modified to project the image that she feels, mooring will ever change the fact that she is physically a male in regards to bone structure and muscle structure/mass. It is what it is, anyone with biology or anthropology 101 can tell you that there is a definitive difference in the body composition of men and women. I fully support her in being the best woman she can be, outside of the ring. But I don’t agree that she should be allowed to physically brutalize other women, the MMA community was wrong to allow her to fight those other women.

    • ReverendDraco

      WTF you mean, “assigned” at birth? It’s not like the kid popped out with Barbie’s genitals, then grew actual ones after they were “assigned” a gender. . .

      Are you intentionally being a pig-ignorant fuckwit. . . or are you so fucked up in the head that you simply haven’t a choice in the matter?

      Seriously – until you’ve panhandled the education you’ve thus far been unable to borrow or steal – just shut the fuck up.

  3. Rockyroc01

    How did they allow this in the first place? She was born as a man, she has the genetics and DNA of a man. Not to mention the strength. Idiots these days think just because someone has their private parts removed they’re automatically the opposite sex. That’s not the case, they just end up being penis-less men because changing your sex is impossible. People need to understand that being transgender is simply having a mental illness. Do some research, it’s in DSM5, the book psychologists use under the name Gender Dysphoria. But proven to be a mental disorder or not, it’s still obvious. Someone who isn’t comfortable with the sex they were born with, approaches surgeons to permanently butcher an otherwise perfect body, and begs for synthetic hormones that clearly don’t belong in their body is clearly not mentally normal. This person is still a man and shouldn’t be in the ring with a woman just because HE has a mental disorder that makes him think he’s supposed to be a woman. Call me insensitive and mean, I’m just telling the facts here.

  4. sanechuk

    I wonder why the issue of X and Y chromosomes never comes up?????

  5. paula_audette

    I am very ambivalent about a MTF person fighting within the female ranks I, too, am MTF, and am very much for being accepted in the gender that is me. However, natal males are born much stronger than natal females, and I can attest that years of hormones puts you way below male strength and weight. Nonetheless, you may still be way above the natal females. So what is fair? It is a hard question.