MMA Fighter Fallon Fox to compete in first match since coming out as transgender on Friday

Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Fallon Fox is set to fight in her first match since news broke that she was transgender via a Sports Illustrated magazine article. For the first time ever, on AXS TV, the Championship Fighting Alliance card will be televised. Fallon will be featured has the co-main event and will compete against Allana Jones in the featherweight division. Fallon, who is currently undefeated with a 2-0 record, has the support of CFA president Jorge de la Noval and the other CFA competitors. Fallon came under scrutiny after she came out, with many people claiming that she had a competitive advantage.

“I’ve been discriminated against many times because I’m Hispanic,” de la Noval said. “People have been discriminated through the years because of color, sexual preference, and that’s something I’m completely against. As long as she’s got her license, and doctors approved her to fight as a female, I was fine with it. I’ve gotten a lot of calls, mostly negative, but I stick with my decision no matter what the outcome is. I’m just glad she’s fighting for the CFA this Friday. The fact that she’s dominated everybody isn’t because she was born a male. She’s a really good female fighter.”

Fallon, as a result of coming out, has received an outpouring of support from fellow transgender people, who say she has encouraged them and even inspired some of them to come out.

Friday's event will be held at the BankUnited Center on the University of Miami campus and will be televised on AXS TV.