By Jonathan Solomon
You may call her the most controversial figure in mixed martial arts in 2013, but Fallon Fox continues to progress as a fighter.
The first openly transgender fighter in the sport’s history is 3-0 as a professional and will seek to earn a $20,000 prize on October 12 at Championship Fighting Alliance 12 in Coral Gables, Florida. Matched up against Ashlee Evans-Smith (1-0 as a pro, 5-4 as an amateur), the two are set to compete in the finals of the promotion’s featherweight title tournament.
No further details about CFA 12 have been confirmed other than it will air on AXS TV. In fact, the promotion only was able to get a deal with the network thanks to the publicity Fox received earlier this year. She choked out Allana Jones in May on their AXS TV debut to move on to the finals.
The initial controversy began after her March fight which saw her knock out Ericka Newsome in under 40-seconds. Days later, she came out publicly to Sports Illustrated and the athletic commission in Florida questioned whether she was truthful on her application for a license. Ultimately, she was allowed to compete after an investigation was completed.
Her ability to gain a fighter’s license to compete against women elicited rebukes from others in the MMA community such as color commentator Joe Rogan and heavyweight Matt Mitrione. In response to his comments, the UFC briefly suspended and fined Mitirone, who later issued an apology.
In a story written by Time’s Sean Gregory in May, Fox talked about the fact that due to not having ovaries or testicles, she is at a disadvantage compared to others. Struggling with endurance and strength, “I really have to work on my technique,” Fox said.
Evans-Smith only had win one fight to earn her spot in the CFA featherweight title tournament finals because her semi-final opponent failed to make weight. She was provided a bye and has not fought since her professional debut in March when she defeated Tori Adams by decision.
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