Watch: Male fighter knocks out trans-woman fighter in an MMA fight

WION Web Team
New Delhi, IndiaWritten By: Vinayak Kunnath ManojUpdated: Sep 02, 2022, 09:24 PM IST
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A male MMA fighter knocks out a trans-woman athlete inside the cage.

A lot has been said about trans-athletes competing in the realm of mixed martial arts. Fans were offered some insight into what they might expect if a trans-woman were to lock horns with a male fighter inside the cage. 

Shane Mistretta vs Gita Figueroa went toe-to-toe against each other at the WCFL 32 event back in June 2022 under the promotional banner of the World Class Fight League. The action unfolded at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC in Tampa, Florida. 

The fight card was headlined by a bantamweight fight between Christian Ynastrilla and Matt Betzold. Mistretta and Figueroa, on the other hand, went up against each other in a lightweight clash, which took place during the initial stages of the event.

Mistretta managed to overcome the challenge presented by Figueroa merely two and a half minutes after the sound of the first bell. After what can only be described as a brief spirited scrap between the two, Mistretta landed a barrage of strikes from close range that eventually sent Figueroa flailing to the mat.


The referee called a stop to the action shortly thereafter by stepping in and waiving the fight off before lending Figueroa a hand and helping her find her feet. She was subsequently examined by the ringside physicians to diagnose the extent of the damage she had sustained over the course of the fight. As a professional MMA fighter, Mistretta boasts of a record of 3-3-0. Figueroa, on the other hand, is 1-1 in his fledgling career in the realm of mixed martial arts.

Footage of their fight recently went viral on social media, prompting a variety of responses from connoisseurs of combat sports from all over the world. In fact, it also prompted responses from professional MMA fighters including Jake Shields and UFC middleweight kingpin Israel Adesanya.

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'The Last Stylebender', for one, did not seem too pleased with what went down at WCFL 32. He made his feelings clear regarding the fight, wondering who had sanctioned such a fight.