The UFC’s Joe Rogan, Ronda Rousey and Matt Mitrione can all breathe easier now. Fallon Fox doesn’t fight like a man after all.
Transgendered fighter Fallon Fox was stopped in the third round by Ashlee Evans-Smith at Saturday night’s Championship Fighting Alliance show in Coral Gables, Fla.
Evans didn’t destroy Fox, but was able to overwhelm her on the ground with punches, forcing the referee to stop the fight, marking the end for the exhausted Fox.
“I don’t think Fallon Fox expected that kind of fight out of her,” said CFA color commentator Pat Militech. “Ashlee Smith came in and was ready to rock and roll.”
Fox was born a male, Burton Boyd, in Toledo, Ohio. She drew national attention earlier in 2013 when she admitted in an interview that she was born a man, yet didn’t disclose when she applied for her fight license.
The news that a man by birth would be fighting a woman inside the cage sparked a major uproar in the MMA community. The UFC’s Rogan, Mitrione and Rousey all lashed out against Fox, saying it was unfair for her to fight people born as women.
Mitrione was briefly suspended for calling Fox a “lying, sick, sociopathic, disgusting freak.”
Rousey also questioned the fairness of allowing the 37-year-old Fox to fight women.
“I don’t think you should be able to compete as a woman,” Rousey said, during an interview on Inside MMA. “I really try not to give my opinion on this subject until I have really extensively researched it. Just the bone density and bone structure you have after you’ve gone through puberty as a man, it’s just an advantage over a woman.”
Rogan on his podcast said: “I say if you had a dick at one point in time, you also have all the bone structure that comes with having a dick. You have bigger hands, you have bigger shoulder joints. You’re a f–king man. That’s a man, OK?”
Evans-Smith (2-0) won the 145-pound CFA featherweight championship with the victory. Fox is now 3-1.