Fallon Fox releases statement regarding UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione

Fallon Fox has responded to Matt Mitrione following his derogatory tirade on "The MMA Hour".

It didn't take long for the UFC to issue a statement, as well as a suspension, for Matt Mitrione's comments on controversial WMMA fighter Fallon Fox. In their release regarding Mitrione's behavior, they made it clear that they wanted to publicly separate themselves from his views, calling them "offensive and wholly unacceptable."

Now Fallon herself has responded, releasing the following to MMA Fighting:

"Matt Mitrione went well beyond disagreeing with the medical experts who say I should be able to compete as a woman, and personally attacked me as a fighter, as a woman, and as a human being.

"His comments do not reflect the spirit of our sport, where most competitors uphold values like respect and dignity."

Although brief, she strikes at the root of the matter, which was not whether or not she has the right to compete, but his derogatory attacks on her as a person. There is a real discussion here about the nature of competitive advantage and licensing, but the inability to separate those arguments from attacks on Fallon Fox, and transgender people in general, have eventually hamstrung that debate.

The questions here are not about her physical, mental, or legal status and to attack her on those grounds does little but draw false battle lines. For the foreseeable future she will continue competing as a woman, against other women. Attempting to counteract that reality with derogatory outbursts about her and her sexuality will not change it, it will only make discussion that much more difficult.

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