Mike Orlov

Sports & Gaming

In the World of MMA, What Makes a Woman? How We Should Handle the Sport's Embrace of Transness

While everyone has been binging on the Winter Olympics the past two weeks, I’ve had my eye on mixed martial arts, one of my favorite sports. Last week, it was announced that Anne Veriato, a transgender female MMA fighter, will be fighting a male opponent, Railson Paixao, on March 10 in Manaus, Brazil. “It’s only fair to fight men,” 21-year-old Veriato told MMA Fighting. “If I beat men my entire career, I can still beat them despite the hormone process [...] I don’t think it’s fair to fight women.”

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