Rogan’s comments about transgender MMA fighters were under criticism when Alana McLaughlin fought last year, but his stance on the subject has now changed.
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Joe Rogan has clarified his comments about transgender MMA fighters by stating that he is “okay” with this as long as their opponents know what they have signed up for.
Rogan has been criticized for commenting on transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin after she won her professional debut in MMA last September.
McLaughlin became the first transgender fighter to compete in MMA in the U.S. after Fallon Fox in 2014.
Rogan has also been heavily criticized by Fox during his short martial arts career, with a longtime UFC commentator saying he is an “af ****** man”.
But Rogan has changed his mind on the subject and stated that as long as the opponent of the transgender fighter is aware of their past transition, it is fine.
“But the trans MMA thing was big. But it wasn’t, it wasn’t valid, ”he said Cast by Tim Dillon.
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“These were people who did not want any criticism of trans people. And I said to myself, ‘Look, I don’t have a problem with trans people, do I, I have a problem with someone who pretends to be a biological woman and fights with women.’
“When you say you’re trans and everyone says, ‘Okay, I’m going to fight her,’ – okay. I’m fine with that.
Rogan then named University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lio Thomas, a transgender athlete who broke several of the university’s records in the women’s swimming team.
He continued: “Actually, MMA is one of the best places to do that because you know exactly who your opponent is. Unlike this swimmer. Was he UPenn? Is that it?
“A swimmer who’s like besieging all these biological women is fucking because they have no choice but to compete.”
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Rogan had previously opposed transgender athletes competing in women’s MMA because of the bone structures they had developed before the transition.
Speaking of Fox – who has scored 5-1 in his MMA career – he said he is not a transgender person but a “person after surgery”.
“First, it’s not really her. She’s a transgender person after surgery, ”he said in an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience.
“Surgery doesn’t reduce your bone density. Don’t change. You look at men’s hands and women’s hands and they are built differently.
“They’re just thicker, they’re stronger, the wrists are thicker, the elbows are thicker, the joints are thicker.
“Just the mechanical function of the punch, a man can do it much harder than a woman, period.”
Fox responded to Rogan’s comments by urging Spotify to cancel the show’s contract because of his “transphobic episodes.”