Transgender Honored for Historic MMA Win... What Has the World Come To?
A transgender mixed martial arts fighter transitioning from male to female became the first transgender fighter competing as a woman to beat a biological male.
MMA fighter Anne Veriato won a unanimous decision over Railson Paixao at 115 pounds Saturday night in Manaus, Brazil.
Veriato recently transitioned from male to female but indicated he wanted to compete against other biological males.
He said he didn’t want to be accused of having an unfair advantage by competing against biologically female fighters.
“It’s only fair to fight men,” Veriato told International MMA News. “It never crossed my mind to fight a woman because I think I’m too good.”
“I only know that I’m good after I beat men,” he added. “That’s what makes me happy and hungrier to train.
“I don’t think it’s fair to fight women.”
Veriato trained harder than he ever had before to make up for his hormonal therapy to become more feminine, he said, noting he didn’t have the same strength in the gym as he’d previously had.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship has no official rules or regulations on testosterone level requirements for competition. The World Fighting Championships also has no official policies regarding transgender fighters.
Veriato’s victory comes after transgender fighter Fallon Fox completed against women for a number of years while failing to disclose that he had undergone gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy in 2006.
At Trinity High School in Texas, senior wrestler Mack Beggs, who was born female, won the state title for the girls’ Class 6A 110-pound division.
The transgender teen won this title for the second consecutive year in late February, sparking concern among parents and competitors over the competition’s fairness.
Beggs started taking hormones when she was 15 years old, prompting many to raise concerns since she was competing against female athletes not taking hormones, reported Fox News.
The National Collegiate Athletic Association, USA Wrestling and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency classify Beggs as male because she exceeds the range of acceptable testosterone levels for females, according to the Associated Press.
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A version of this article previously appeared on The Daily Caller News Foundation website.
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