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Ex-NCAA swimmer Riley Gaines praises female jiu-jitsu athletes for refusing to fight against biological males

On Friday, Reduxx published an exclusive story about female martial artists who refused to participate in a jiu-jitsu tournament after men took over the women’s category. The news sparked intense backlash, and in less than 24 hours after the article was posted, the North American Grappling Association (NAGA) amended its rule book.

The boycott worked. From now on at NAGA-sponsored matches, only females may compete in female events.

Riley Gaines

Riley Gaines, American competitive swimmer, speaks before Florida Governor and presidential candidate Ron DeSantis at the Greenville Convention Center on Friday, June 2, 2023. (MCKENZIE LANGE/ Staff / USA TODAY NETWORK)

Riley Gaines joined Charly Arnolt on OutKick the Morning Monday to discuss the massive victory for women’s sports.

Riley Gaines hopes the bravery of these athletes will inspire women across all sports to stand up for themselves, too.

“When the gun goes off, you don’t jump off the block,” she said. “That’s how you say enough is enough and really communicate the message that we’re not putting up with it.”

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