Is Caitlyn Jenner really becoming an MMA fighter? That's the premise of a story from the tabloids. Gossip Cop, however, can bust it.
"Bullied Caitlyn Is Roaring For A Cage Match," reads a headline in the National Enquirer. According to the accompanying story, the former Olympian is "going to the mat to win back some respect." It's specifically alleged she "wants to take up mixed martial arts to get people to quit picking on her."
A so-called "source" points out to the magazine that Jenner has been "criticized by her own family, isolated from her kids and trolled by everyone in the world online." As a result, the outlet's supposed snitch contends she "wants the world to know she's not going to take any more abuse lying down." By embracing MMA as a transgender athlete, it's claimed Jenner "hopes to set an example that they're not to be pushed around."
"Cait wants to show the world she can be a strong woman," asserts the alleged tipster. And to that end, the purported snitch claims she has "begged" Fallon Fox, the first openly transgender MMA fighter, to "coach her." The publication's questionable "source" concludes, "Cait admires Fallon and wants to learn from the best. She may not be Bruce Jenner anymore, but she'll always be a world-class athlete."
Yes, Jenner's 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 Jenner's 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 "hate crimes," as alleged in the story, doesn't make much sense. By publicly taking up the sport, she would just be opening herself up to more scrutiny. And Fox hasn't had the easiest time trying to gain acceptance in the MMA world. Even Ronda Rousey has sparked controversy by questioning whether it's fair to compete against a trans fighter.
Gossip Cop also checked in with a rep for Jenner, who calls the report "hilarious" because it's so off-base. The spokesperson confirms it's "not true" she wants to learn mixed martial arts, with or without Fox's help. The National Enquirer also falsely claimed last December that Jenner was likely to do the all-athletes edition of "Dancing with the Stars." Gossip Cop busted that report at the time, and we were proven right when the "DWTS" cast announcement did not include her. Time will show that she doesn't start participating in MMA either.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.