A transgender girl will struggle a person at an MMA match in Brazil subsequent month, marking most likely the primary publicized matchup of its sort within the historical past of the game.
Anne Veriato, a 21-year-old brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, shall be making her MMA debut when she takes on Railson Paixao in a strawweight bout at Mr. Cage 34 on March 10.
As a transgender girl who has been competing in opposition to and beating males in jiu-jitsu tournaments since she was once seven years outdated, Veriato mentioned it by no means happened to her to struggle any other girl.
“It is just truthful to struggle males,” she informed MMA Combating’s Guilherme Cruz this week. “It by no means crossed my thoughts to struggle a girl as a result of I believe I am too just right. … I don’t believe it is truthful to struggle girls.”
Match promoter Samir Nadaf—who could also be Veriato’s supervisor—agreed, and mentioned he would simplest signal Veriato to compete in MMA if she agreed to a fit in opposition to a person.
“This [fighter] is a phenom in jiu-jitsu,” Nadaf informed Cruz. “[She] requested me for a chance. My resolution was once ‘I will be able to come up with a chance, however at Mr. Cage, males struggle males, it’s not relevant if in case you have a penis or now not. In case you had been born a person, you’ll be able to struggle a person.’ [She] mentioned ‘that is precisely what I would like.'”
The struggle shall be contested at 115 kilos and Veriato mentioned she is hoping it is only the primary in an extended, a success MMA occupation.
“I do know that numerous folks will communicate [with] numerous prejudice,” Veriato mentioned. “There are numerous folks rooting for me, particularly once they begin to know my tale, however some nonetheless do not appreciate me. They suspect I simply need consideration. They are going to simplest appreciate me after I’ve a couple of fights.”
In the US, transgender fighter Fallon Fox drew controversy whilst accumulating a report of Five-1 from 2012-14, combating in opposition to cisgender girls—which means athletes whose gender id corresponds with their delivery intercourse.
Earlier than stepping clear of the game in 2015, Fox garnered fortify from some within the MMA neighborhood, but additionally drew grievance from every other opponents, including Ronda Rousey.
Mr. Cage 34 shall be held in Manaus, Brazil.