HBO's "Real Sports" with Bryant Gumbel returns tomorrow night (April 22, 2014) for its twentieth season on the broadcast cable television giant, with a guest who has stirred quite the controversy in mixed martial arts (MMA).
Transgender athlete Fallon Fox will be interviewed on the show, taking part in a segment in which one of the show's correspondents, Mary Carillo, speaks with the 4-1 fighter about her struggles in the sport.
Here's an excerpt from the press release:
"Fallon Fox, 38, is now the most prominent transgender athlete in professional sports and a trailblazer for the transgender community. The reaction from the MMA community has largely been hostile, with many fans and fighters opposing her participation in the women's divisions because they believe her male attributes provide an unfair advantage. Despite the scrutiny, Fox continues to fight."
Competent and educated pundits have questioned if it is fair based on scientific reasoning that Fox competes against women. Despite the logical debates, Fox has been victim of a few stupid remarks made by fellow fighters in the past. UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione went on the record to call Fox a "sick, sociopathic disgusting freak" and paid the price after his employers suspended him for the comments.
There's a difference between thinking it's not fair to have Fox fight women and being transphobic.
Let's just hope they don't market Fox as a pioneer for women's MMA and compare her skill level to Ronda Rousey's because, quite frankly, she's not that great.
For now, check out the preview and let us know if you'll be watching the full episode tomorrow night in the comments section below.