Fallon Fox, The First Transgender MMA Fighter, Opens Up To GQ

“Dark and powerful. That was my version of femme.”

Fallon Fox, born Boyd Burton, is a 37-year-old transgender athlete who fathered a daughter and served in the Navy before transitioning. Now her job is to fight women.

During a recent interview with GQ magazine, Fox opened up about her life as a transgender professional MMA fighter. Here are a few of the highlights:

3. On experimenting with girls’ clothing at an early age:

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4. On her upbringing:

5. On her transformation:

6. On how MMA became her sanctuary:

7. On female fighters and her identity:

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8. On the irony of fighting women:

9. On her first pro fight as a transgender woman:

10. After her first opponent chose Aerosmith’s “Dude (Looks Like a Lady)” as her entrance music:

11. On being mistreated:

12. On losing the biggest fight of her life:

13. On why she keeps fighting:

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14. And on what’s ahead:

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