Transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox, Team Lloyd Irvin Drama, and TUF Episode 7 Recap

Fallon Fox is bracing herself for controversy, and as the first on-record transgender female fighter in mixed martial arts, she’s going to get plenty of it. Fallon Fox, who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2006 along with the supplemental hormonal therapy, is scheduled to fight again for the CFA on April 20 in the semifinals of its eight-woman featherweight tournament. However, Fallon Fox’s license approval is now under investigation with Florida’s Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation.

Episode 7 had Team Jones coming up short again. Jon Jones’ number one pick Clint Hester was choked out in the second round by Team Sonnen’s Jimmy Quinlan. That puts Hester with the list of other fighters who were surprisingly upset, which includes Bubba McDaniel and Tor Troeng. What was so bizarre about this fight was, Hester could have won it, if he had just kept it standing at the beginning of the second. Instead, he ran across the octagon at Quinlan with his head down in a terrible attempt to take him down. Why would you try and take down a man who took you down at will and controlled you the entire first round.

Hester managed to actually do more damage and strike more blows than Quinlan did even being on his back, but the fact was, he was being controlled and taken out of his element. After seeing the shots Hester managed to land from his back, I thought two things. One, he might have won that round in some of the judges eyes. Second, if he can keep it standing and really use his striking, he will surely finish Quinlan or at least win round two. However, his flawed game plan allowed Quinlan to once again take control, and eventually get the submission. Now Team Jones needs Dylan Andrew to defeat Zak Cummings, or it’s pretty much a wrap for Team Jones.

UFC 157: Ronda Rousey vs. Liz Carmouche

On Saturday February 23rd, at UFC 157 Ronda Rousey and Liz Carmouche will meet inside the Octagon at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The two will be the first women fighting in the UFC, and they will be battling for the women’s bantamweight title which was awarded to Rousey by default during a “UFC on Fox 5″ pre-fight press conference. Liz Carmouche (8-2, 5 KOs) has more experience in the MMA world than Rousey (6-0,). However, Rousey is recognized around the world as the face of women’s MMA, previously held by Gina Carano. With only six professional fights, and 6 first round submissions via armbar, Rousey has thrust herself into the limelight. Nonetheless, we have yet to see Rousey’s jaw get tested, can she take a punch, can she weather a storm, nobody knows because none of her fights have gotten to that point.

Also on this stacked card is Machida vs. Henderson. The winner of this could end up meeting Jon Jones if and when he defeats Chael Sonnen. I find this fight very interesting because Dan Henderson has become more one dimensional during his recent success. He loads up that right nicknamed the H-Bomb, and he lets it rip, which has proved to be pretty damn effective. His opponent Lyoto Machida just might be the most elusive fighter in UFC history. Machida is crafty, unorthodox, a great striker, and this could prove to be very challenging for Dan Henderson who has the tendency to just come straight forward with that loaded right hand. Urijah Faber finds himself in a must win situation, a loss here could really hurt his clout, and raise the question where does he go from here. He will meet Ivan Menjivar who by no means is an easy fight.

Josh Koshcheck will meet slugger Robbie Lawler who is back in the UFC after a long absence. Robbie Lawler has struggled lately in the Octagon, and its usually when he gets caught in a submission. If Koshcheck wants to win this fight, he’ll play it smart and immediately take it to the ground. If he chooses to stand and bang with Lawler, he could quickly find himself snoring. Brendan Schaub meets Lavar Johnson, expect this fight to be over in the first round with one of these guys flat on their back, no need to say more. Other exciting bouts has Court McGee vs. Josh Neer, Michael Chiesa vs. Anton Kuivanen, and Sam Stout vs Caros Fodor.

Miesha Tate’s Homecoming

Tacoma, WA (June 26, 2012) – Former CageSport standout and Female Fighter of the Year Miesha “Takedown” Tate will appear at “CageSport XX” as a special cageside guest Saturday, July 14 at the Emerald Queen Casino in her hometown of Tacoma, WA.

A universally recognized top ten pound-for-pound fighter, Tate won both of her bouts under the CageSport banner by knockout and is amongst the most famous female martial artists in the world. In her most recent match Tate, 12-3, battled Rhonda Rousey in the main event of a Showtime card. Although she came up short against the unbeaten submission master, Tate earned worldwide recognition as the bout was one of the most viewed in Strikeforce history.

“Miesha is one of the most popular athletes in the area and an inspiration to many male and female MMA fighters,” said Brian Halquist, CEO of Halquist Productions and the creator of CageSport MMA. “I’m glad to have her back and she’s somebody I consider a dear friend.”

Tate will be available to all ticketholders for a meet and greet, photo ops and autographs throughout the evening.

The card is topped by a bout between Sterling Ford and James Marohl as well as a matchup between female superstars “Slick” Sally Krumdiak and “Little” Patricia Vidonic.