Controversial transgender mixed martial artist Fallon Fox has suffered the first loss of her professional MMA career to the relatively unknown Ashlee Evans-Smith. The loss came via third-round technical knockout at Championship Fighting Alliance in a featherweight title fight.
The first round saw Fox attempt to pull guard almost immediately. However, the move failed and Evans-Smith was showing off strong grappling chops, nearly securing a choke from the back. Fox would escape and land some powerful punches and knees that nearly won her the fight, while Evans-Smith would barely survive the round.
The tables turned in a profound way in the second. Evans-Smith rocked Fox early and laid down a massive amount of punches and knees from side control, mount and crucifix positions. There was controversy at the end of round, as the referee motioned to end the fight and was unable to hear that the bell had rung just seconds earlier.
The third was another strong showing from Evans-Smith, who escaped an early takedown and reasserted her grappling superiority, taking Fox down with a mount position and pounding her out en route to the stoppage victory.
Entering the fight, Ashlee Evans-Smith owned a 1-0 professional record going into the bout and a 5-4 amateur record. The biggest win of her career came over current TUF 18 fighter and Invicta FC veteran Jessamyn Duke (who gives her take on the show each week with us). She comes from a wrestling background, and used it to great effect on Fox.
Fox's professional record falls to 3-1 (1-0 amateur).
Fox inadvertently drummed up massive controversy in 2012, as fans, fighters and pundits all questioned the fairness of a male-to-female transgender competing in bouts against born women. Some pointed to Fox's first four fights being stoppage victories as evidence that she owned an unfair advantage over her competition, though this fight saw her beaten in most aspects of MMA.
It will be interesting to see how things pan out from here for either fighter. Evans-Smith is suddenly a major player at 145 pounds, and questions will begin flying as to whether or not Fox truly is a force in women's MMA.
Only time will tell how things will shake out for these two.