Is Caitlyn Jenner really becoming an MMA fighter? Thatâs the premise of a story from the tabloids. Gossip Cop, however, can bust it.
âBullied Caitlyn Is Roaring For A Cage Match,â reads a headline in the National Enquirer. According to the accompanying story, the former Olympian is âgoing to the mat to win back some respect.â Itâs specifically alleged she âwants to take up mixed martial arts to get people to quit picking on her.â
A so-called âsourceâ points out to the magazine that Jenner has been âcriticized by her own family, isolated from her kids and trolled by everyone in the world online.â As a result, the outletâs supposed snitch contends she âwants the world to know sheâs not going to take any more abuse lying down.â By embracing MMA as a transgender athlete, itâs claimed Jenner âhopes to set an example that theyâre not to be pushed around.â
âCait wants to show the world she can be a strong woman,â asserts the alleged tipster. And to that end, the purported snitch claims she has âbeggedâ Fallon Fox, the first openly transgender MMA fighter, to âcoach her.â The publicationâs questionable âsourceâ concludes, âCait admires Fallon and wants to learn from the best. She may not be Bruce Jenner anymore, but sheâll always be a world-class athlete.â
Yes, Jennerâs gold medal win in the decathlon at the 1976 Olympics ensures her place as one of the best athletes of all time. But her interest in extremely physical sports has waned over the decades. Jenner has made clear that her sport of choice these days is golf, and she also regularly shows an interest in racing and flying. All three hobbies often make appearances on Jennerâs Instagram account. Never has she ever expressed any interest in mixed martial arts.
Furthermore, the idea that Jenner wants to become a MMA fighter to stop bullying and address âhate crimes,â as alleged in the story, doesnât make much sense. By publicly taking up the sport, she would just be opening herself up to more scrutiny. And Fox hasnât had the easiest time trying to gain acceptance in the MMA world. Even Ronda Rousey has sparked controversy by questioning whether itâs fair to compete against a trans fighter.
Gossip Cop also checked in with a rep for Jenner, who calls the report âhilariousâ because itâs so off-base. The spokesperson confirms itâs ânot trueâ she wants to learn mixed martial arts, with or without Foxâs help. The National Enquirer also falsely claimed last December that Jenner was likely to do the all-athletes edition of âDancing with the Stars.â Gossip Cop busted that report at the time, and we were proven right when the âDWTSâ cast announcement did not include her. Time will show that she doesnât start participating in MMA either.
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