Fallon Fox, a trans who lived 31 years as a man before making another choice to compete in women MMA division at 38

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Fallon Fox, the first openly transgender MMA fighter, faced controversy in her career after coming out in 2013. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Fox struggled with her gender identity from a young age. After serving in the US Navy and becoming a truck driver, she underwent gender reassignment surgery in Thailand in 2006. The debate over whether she should be allowed to compete in women's MMA divisions intensified following her coming out. Some, like UFC commentator Joe Rogan, opposed her licensing due to her assigned male at birth status. The issue of transgender athletes in sports continues to be a topic of discussion in the MMA community. 

Fallon Fox, a transgender post-op MMA fighter, faced criticism and controversy surrounding her gender identity in the sport. Some, like UFC commentator Matt Mitrione, made transphobic comments calling her a "man" and an "embarrassment." Despite this, CFA co-founder Jorge De La Noval stood behind Fox and expressed support for her continued participation in the sport, as long as she holds a valid license. Debate over whether Fox holds an advantage due to her former male biology was a hot topic, with concerns raised about bone density and physical differences. Former UFC champion Ronda Rousey expressed a willingness to fight Fox but raised concerns about unfair advantages due to male bone structure. UFC president Dana White also weighed in, stating his belief that individuals who transition from male to female may have physical advantages that give them an edge in women's MMA. The discussion of transgender athletes in combat sports continues to spark controversy and debate within the MMA community.

During a fight against Tamikka Brents in 2014, Fallon Fox caused controversy as Brents suffered serious injuries and expressed feeling overpowered by Fox's strength. Brents mentioned feeling a different level of strength and grip that she had never experienced before in a fight. Medical expert Eric Vilain explained that transgender female athletes must undergo specific medical procedures and hormone therapy to compete fairly, with Fox meeting all requirements. Despite concerns about potential advantages, Vilain noted that sports are inherently competitive, with varying genetic advantages among athletes. Fox responded to the criticism with a comparison to Jackie Robinson and emphasized her right to be treated equally. The BBC later faced backlash for an interview with Fox where she discussed enjoying defeating transphobic opponents, citing it as part of MMA culture. Fox defended her actions, stating that trash talk is common in the sport.