Usually, these stories about tranny sports superstars involve shapeshifters with unfair advantages (see TOLERANCE: “Male” Transgender Wrestler Steamrolls Competition. In Female Division… and Cowardly Transwoman (Man) Beats Women at Weightlifting World Championship). That’s not the case here. Instead, we’ve got a transgender MMA fighter who only wants to compete against his/her/xir’s biological gender.
Anne Veriato was born a dude. Now she’s a woman. But s/he refuses to fight women because it would result in a lot of unfair ass-kicking.
”It’s only fair to fight men,” Veriato said. “It never crossed my mind to fight a woman because I think I’m too good. If I beat men my entire career, I can still beat them despite the hormone process. I only know that I’m good after I beat men. That’s what makes me happy and hungrier to train. I don’t think it’s fair to fight women.”
Yes! Thank you!
This chameleon cage-fighter could have played it safe in the lady division by pulling the transphobe card. In which case, he’d be plowing through female fighters with next to no effort. Instead he/she/xe is being a true competitor and engaging in fisticuffs against fighters with matching chromosomes. To that, we have to give props.
Saying so will no doubt rustle feminists’ jimmies, but havers of peens have a yuge advantage over female competitors. Most of the time, a ladyperson stands almost no chance against a man. Even if he injects lady-juice into his bum and changes his name to Sally.
This transforming titan of the octagon understands what sports are all about. Namely, overcoming obstacles and insurmountable odds to be the best. We have nothing but kudos to give for putting the identity politics aside and keeping the spirit of competition alive.