Rogan’s remarks about transgender MMA fighters came under fire when Alana McLaughlin fought last year, but his attitude on the subject has now changed
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Joe Rogan has slammed his comments about transgender MMA fighters, saying he is “okay” with them, as long as their opponents know what they’re up to.
Rogan was criticized for comments he made about transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin after she won her professional MMA debut last September.
McLaughlin became the first transgender fighter to compete in MMA in the US since Fallon Fox in 2014.
Fox was also heavily criticized by Rogan during her short-lived fighting career, with the longtime UFC commentator saying she was “off ****** man”.
But Rogan has changed his mind about the subject, stating that as long as the opponent of a transgender fighter is aware of her past transition, he is fine with it.
“Well, the trans MMA thing was great. But it was not, it was not valid,” he said on The Tim Dillon Show.
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“There were people who did not want to criticize trans people. And I was like, ‘Look, I have no problem with trans people, exactly, I have a problem with someone who pretends to be a biological woman and fights women. . ‘
“Once you say you’re trans and everyone says, ‘Okay, I’ll fight her’ – well. I’m fine with that.
Rogan then named swimmer Lia Thomas of the University of Pennsylvania, a transgender athlete who broke several records of the university’s women’s swimming team.
He went on to say: “In fact, MMA is one of the best places for that, because you know exactly who your opponent is. Unlike this swimmer. Was it UPenn? Is that what it is?
“The swimmer who attracts all these biological women, that’s f **** d, because they have no choice they have to compete.”
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Rogan has previously spoken out against transgender athletes competing in MMA for women because of the bone structures they developed before transition.
Speaking about Fox – who went 5-1 during her MMA career – he said she is not a transgender person, but a “post-op person”.
“First of all, she’s not really a she. She’s a transgender, post-op person,” he said in an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience.
“The operation does not cut off your bone density. It does not change. You look at a man’s hands and you look at a woman’s hands and they are built differently.
“They’re just thicker, they’re stronger, your wrists are thicker, your armpits are thicker, your joints are thicker.
“Only the mechanical function of punching, a man can do it much harder than a woman can, period.”
Fox responded to Rogan’s comments by calling on Spotify to cancel its deal with the show because of its “transphobic episodes”.