Mixed martial arts is arguably the manliest of manly sports.
Two dudes strip down to almost nothing, enter a cage and proceed to bash, grapple and stretch each other until one is unable to continue.
That’s some Greek mythology manliness.
But things are changing. Just a few weeks ago, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey and Liz Caramouche went to battle in the Octagon — the first-ever female fight in the industry-leading Ultimate Fighting Championship.
And now female MMA fighter Fallon Fox has officially revealed she is transgender, having undergone sexual reassignment surgery six years ago. For those who can’t put the pieces together, she used to be a he.
Fallon came out with the full story — partly by choice, partly to stave off the prying eyes of the media — in a new interview with Outsports.
It was a brave decision, considering the level of hyper-masculinity and general numbskullery often found among the predominantly male fan base of combat sports.
After years of keeping her true identity hidden from peers and fellow fighters, she decided to finally nip any potential rumors in the bud (sorry for that imagery).
“For years I’ve known at some point it’s very likely the shoe would drop,” Fox told reporter Cyd Zeigler. “I’m technically, legally, physically and mentally female. Everything about me is female.”
Of course, Fox’s revelations have ruffled some feathers in the MMA world, and her license is now under review by the Florida State Athletic Commission amid speculation that transgender status might give her an unfair advantage over born-female contenders.
It’s a thorny issue — definitely a first in the testosterone-fueled game of MMA — and and will surely lead to some intense verbal sparring on par with anything that happens inside a cage.
Check out a well-made mini-documentary put together by Outsports: