Initially a man, Fallon Fox is the first openly transgender fighter in MMA history. She became a female through surgery in 2008 and since then she trained to fight in mixed martial arts.
Competing in MMA has brought a lot of controversy on Fallon’s shoulders. Many people believe that she should not be fighting women in MMA because they believe that it’s not fair. Joe Rogan said that “She calls herself a woman but... I tend to disagree.” on his podcast. He also claimed that Fallon has bigger hands and bigger shoulder joints than the other females.
Fox currently one two professional MMA fights and one in the amateur category. Her story is dividing the MMA world into two sides.
UFC’s Miesha Tate has also commented on this issue, telling ESPN that she wouldn’t personally fight a transgender athlete due to ‘safety concerns’
UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes had a subtler remark on this subject calling a transgender athlete ‘it’ when answering a hypothetical question about fighting her.
She is the first transgender woman to fight and defeat a man in the Brazilian mixed martial arts history. In spite of Fallon Fox fighting women, Veriato said that she considers herself ‘too good’ to fight women in the octagon.
She told the press that “It’s only fair to fight men”
“It never crossed my mind to fight a woman because I think I’m too good.”
Anne also claimed that she gets sporting satisfaction when beating men.
Veriato is only 21 and she’s just at the start of her career. She has been training and competing in jiu jitsu since she was 7.
Rumors say that there are more transgender people that haven’t come out yet. Everybody is making speculations about this.
Being an UFC transgender fighter can be harsh sometimes and it can get you a lot of critics but at the end of the day what matters is doing what you like in your own body, whether you are a female or a male. These athletes have shown a lot of courage by coming out as transgender.