Since its initiation into mainstream mixed martial arts, women’s MMA has grown in popularity. Previously, such weren’t allowed in the United States as well as other countries due to the stigma gender plays in combat sports. Given how barbaric MMA (especially UFC) used to be compared to the general mindset of people back then, it made sense. Thankfully, incorporating fight regulations opened the doors for women’s MMA opening the eyes of combat sports fans that women can also be lethal. Just looks at Gina Carano, Cris Cyborg, and Ronda Rousey as examples.
However, women’s MMA is still going through much growing and polishing as it becomes more popular. One issue is the argument if transgender women (either they be pre-op or post-op is still a debate) should be allowed to fight in such divisions. Such is the case of Fallon Fox, a post-op transgender woman competing in MMA that many other fighters, including Miesha Tate, will not fight because they believe “he has an advantage.”
For Brye Anne Russillo, her issue is unique but may become a debatable issue once more fighters with her build compete in MMA. Apparently, Brye Anne has to fight in heavier divisions. And the reason why (though technically we can say two reasons why) is the weight of her heavy double-D breasts.
The unique detail was brought up during an interview Brye Anne Russillo had on My MMA News. It began with initial details of Brye Anne’s MMA journey. Working as a model and pastry chef, the 29-year-old sought an outlet to stay active and healthy. By happenstance, Brye Anne stumbled upon MMA through participation in a cardio kickboxing class. Taking notice of other athletes training to be MMA fighters, Brye Anne joined in too as a way to test herself mentally.