Rogan’s comments about transgender MMA fighters came under fire when Alana McLaughlin fought last year, but his stance on the topic has now changed
Joe Rogan has cleared up his comments on transgender MMA fighters by stating he is “fine” with it as long as their opponents know what they signed up for.
Rogan was criticised 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 criticised by Rogan during her short-lived fighting career, with the longtime UFC commentator stating she is “a f****** man”.
But Rogan has changed his mind on the topic, stating that as long as a transgender fighter’s opponent is aware of their past transition he is fine with it.
“Well, the trans MMA thing was big. But it wasn’t, it wasn’t valid,” he said on The Tim Dillon Show.
“It was people that don’t want any criticism whatsoever about trans people. And I was like, ‘Look, I don’t have a problem with trans people, right, I have a problem with someone pretending that they’re a biological woman and fighting women.’
“Once you say you’re trans and everybody says, ‘Okay, I’ll fight her’ — fine. I’m fine with that.
Rogan then cited University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas, a transgender athlete who broke several of the university’s women’s swimming team records.
He continued: “In fact, MMA is one of the best places for that because you know exactly who your opponent is. Unlike like this swimmer. Was it UPenn? Is that what it is?
“The swimmer that’s like lapping all these biological women, that’s f****d because they don’t have a choice they have to compete.”
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Rogan previously spoke out against transgender athletes competing in women’s MMA due to the bone structures they developed before transitioning.
Talking about Fox – who went 5-1 during her MMA career – he said she is not a transgender person but instead a “post-op person”.
“First of all, she’s not really a she. She’s a transgender, post-op person,” he said on an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience.
“The operation doesn’t shave down your bone density. It doesn’t change. You look at a man’s hands and you look at a woman’s hands and they’re built different.
“They’re just thicker, they’re stronger, your wrists are thicker, your elbows are thicker, your joints are thicker.
“Just the mechanical function of punching, a man can do it much harder than a woman can, period.”
Fox reacted to Rogan’s comments by calling on Spotify to cancel their deal with the show due to his “transphobic episodes”.