Former MMA fighter Roxanne Modafferi made clear on Sunday that she only wants to get into the ring with female competitors as she answered Riley Gaines’ call to speak out about fairness in women’s sports.
The former NCAA champion swimmer has called on prominent female athletes over the last week “to take a stance on this issue because silence is complicity” amid the debate over transgender participation in women’s sports.
Gaines has been quite vocal on the controversy surrounding transgender athletes competing in women’s sports.
Gaines called out Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Ronda Rousey, Caitlin Clark, Angel Reese and on Friday Allyson Felix.
Modafferi, who is recognized as a pioneer in the sport’s women’s division, responded to Gaines’ tweet on Sunday.
“I’ll go! I think consent is needed. I fought men in Jiujitsu tourneys before & everyone agreed it was exhibition, not as part of the tourney lineup. However, if I entered a National comp, I’d prefer to face only Xchrom females to win my gold. I might do exhibition but not be forced,” she tweeted.
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