Fallon Fox is set to take on Ashlee Evans-Smith in a Championship Fighting Alliance (CFA) featherweight title bout on October 12.
This will be Fox’s fourth professional match, and her third for CFA. Fox (3-0) made her professional MMA debut in May 2012 at KOTC Wild Card against Elisha Helsper, winning the match by TKO at 2:00 in the first round. In June 2011, she won her first and only amateur fight against Rickie Gomes by armbar submission at 2:27 in the first round.
Evans-Smith (1-0) made her professional MMA debut at CFA 10: McSweeney vs. Staring on March 2, 2013, winning the match against Tori Adams by unanimous decision. Prior to joining CFA, Evans-Smith went 5-4 in her amateur bouts, finishing her first three by TKO. She dropped her final amateur fight to Veronica Rothenhausler by KO at 0:05 in the first round.
Much like the hype that surrounded Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche at UFC 157, Fox vs. Evans-Smith is sure to generate a lot of media interest. Since announcing that she is trangsgender earlier this year, Fox has been the source of much controversy and criticism, with many fighters — such as heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez — feeling that she should not be allowed to fight women because she was born male and may have an unfair advantage. Former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Miesha Tate has said that she would only consider fighting Fox if there “was solid research that [proved] she’s 100 percent like a female.”
In April, heavyweight Matt Mitrione was suspended after he called Fox “a lying, sick, sociopathic disgusting freak” and said that Fox “lied on [her] license to beat up women.”
No venue has been announced for CFA 12, but past events have been held at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. The winner of the match will not only take home the featherweight belt, but $20,000 in cash as well.
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