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Dana White Gives His Thoughts On Transgender Fighters Competing In The UFC

Max Sherry

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Dana White Gives His Thoughts On Transgender Fighters Competing In The UFC

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Alana McLaughlin/Alamy/YouTube/IMPAULSIVE

Dana White has given his take on whether or not transgender athletes could ever fight in the UFC.

Well, sort of.

Transgender athletes competing in biological groups that aren't the ones they were assigned at birth has been a topic of debate as of late.

In particular, transgender swimmer Lia Thomas appeared to attract a lot of media attention when she shattered a number of women's collegiate records in the pool, despite competing against men a few years prior to her transition.

MMA star Alana McLaughlin also made headlines following her professional debut.

There have also been many other cases where transgender athletes have sparked conversation among fans, New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard being one of them following her appearances at the Olympic Games.

Now questions are being raised as to whether trans fighters could compete in the very best MMA promotion the UFC.

Appearing on Logan Paul's IMPAULSIVE podcast, company president White was asked exactly that, although he didn't actually answer the question directly.

"It happened in our sport," White explained.

"There was a fighter named Fallon Fox, who was a male fighter who became a woman.

Fallon Fox. Credit: Alamy
Fallon Fox. Credit: Alamy

"He was out there beating the s**t out of women, left and right. And then he finally ran into the wrong woman and she beat his a*s."

White appeared to mis-gender Fox at first and was immediately corrected by Paul.

"She beat her a*s," Paul said.

The UFC president laughed off the comment, saying: "Yeah".

During the podcast episode, Paul also asked White whether he'd ever be interested in signing him to the UFC.

The YouTuber-turned-boxer does have some combat experience and seems very eager to get inside the cage and have a scrap.

"If I wanted to do a UFC fight, is that something you'd ever entertain?" Paul asked.

To which White replied: "Who would you want to fight?

"You have wrestling and boxing. Do you ever do jiu-jitsu?"

"Of course, yeah." Paul responded.

"I could get it done, Dana. Dana, sign me. Dana, sign me."

Paul's fellow podcasts hosts giggled as Paul peppered the UFC boss.

"I'm not saying no, I'm not saying no, I'm not saying no."

Topics: transgender athletes, UFC, Australia, transgender, MMA, Dana White

Max Sherry
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