Former MMA champion Jake Shields, an outspoken opponent of transgender culture, recently issued a challenge: He will fight 10 transgender men (that is, biological women who identify as male) in a row without interruption “since trans men are real men.”
Well, one trans man agreed and reportedly told Shields, “I’m specifically going to shit on you.”
Readers of TheBlaze may recall the challenger in question: In 2017, then-17-year-old Mack Beggs made national news by winning a Texas girls 110-pound wrestling championship. Beggs, a biological female, had been taking testosterone and reportedly wanted to wrestle boys instead of girls, but Texas athletic rules wouldn’t allow it. Beggs repeated as Texas girls champion in 2018.
What are the details?
Shields launched the challenge last month:
u201cSince trans men are real men, I would like to challenge the 10 toughest trans men in the world to a fight nnI fight them with no boot camp and no rest between fightsu201d
— Jake Shields (@JakeShields) 1682025429
“Since trans men are real men, I would like to challenge the 10 toughest trans men in the world to a fight,” Shields tweeted, adding that there would be “no rest between each fight.”
Later that day he added: “A million views and not one trans man has stepped up to accept my challenge. I’m starting to think they don’t have the balls to fight me.”
According to OutSports, Beggs soon accepted Shields’ challenge. The outlet linked to Beggs’ Instagram page citing Beggs’ response, but that page is “no longer available.”
OutSports quoted Beggs as saying, “Where’s the contract?[?] But we’re not doing 10 on 1. Be af***ing man and do 1 on 1. Or beating 10 men will make you feel better about your manhood [sic].”
OutSports also quoted Beggs as saying, “I’m about to beat that ass m-fers if it comes down to it.” The outlet noted that a follow-up Instagram video (which oddly is also “no longer available”) of Beggs was teased. Shields’ offer as a joke, saying it was “disrespectful” to MMA fighters.
“If you call yourself a fighter, make it right,” Beggs said, according to OutSports.
OutSports also quoted Beggs as saying, “I’m going to specifically bring Jake Shields down on you personally.”
Shields, who is slightly older (44) and heavier than Beggs, did not seem at all impressed by Beggs’ acceptance of the challenge:
u201cThis is a real picture from a real news article about a trans man going to beat me up ud83dude02ud83dude02ud83dude02ud83dude02u201d
— Jake Shields (@JakeShields) 1683326114
Will the fight actually happen?
It is impossible to say whether the fight between Shields and Beggs will take place. That said, Beggs took to Instagram with a video over the weekend. (Content Notice: Language):
“The only reason trans guys haven’t had opportunities like this or professionally is because they don’t see us as real guys,” Beggs said. “That doesn’t mean we don’t know how to kick someone’s ass, or that we don’t train as well.”
Beggs then mocked those who believe Shields would easily win in a fight: “You know what? You doubt me. I don’t want you doubting me so much… I love this shit. I eat this shit. I eat this shit for breakfast. Like, you don’t know what I’m capable of…”
Beggs added that if the fight with Shields “does end up happening”, it won’t be alongside other trans men: “It’s just going to be a one-off fight. It’s going to be good… but keep doubting me.”
Jake Shields training with Danaher Death Squadyoutu.be
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