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Biopic in the works on transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox
A biopic on transgender mixed martial artist Fallon Fox is in the ongoing works at Mark Gordon Pictures. Being penned by T Allison and Cooper Glock-Cooper, the Fallon Fox biopic will dive into Fox hiding her identity as a trans woman before developing in 2013. It shall also cope with the abuse she received from the mixed fighting techinques community.
“I’ve had an enjoyable experience so far dealing with the producers and writers bringing this story alive,” Fox said in a statement. “I am hoping this film sheds some light on the main topics trans athletes in sports. This story must be ever told now a lot more than.”
Fox, who was simply nicknamed “The Queen of Swords,” had a controversial run in combat sports from 2011 until 2014. She ultimately went 5-1 as a specialist with brutal knockouts of Ericka Elisha and Newsome Helsper kickstarting her career. She tasted defeat as a result of Ashlee Evans-Smith eventually, who found a TKO victory in 2013. Fox would fight two more times, defeating Heather Tamikka and Bassett Brents.
The Fallon Fox biopic may also cope with the controversy that her fights caused and the debate over in case a woman assigned male at birth will be able to fight in a women’s division in the activity. Among her most vocal critics was former Ultimate Fighting Champion wWE and titleholder star Ronda Rousey. “She can try hormones, chop her pecker off, but it’s still exactly the same bone structure a guy has,” Rousey told the brand new York Post in 2013. “It’s an edge. I don’t think it’s fair.” Current Bellator MMA heavyweight Matt Mitrione was also suspended from the UFC over statements he made at that time about Fox.
“As transgender/LGBTQIA writers and creators, we realize inside our bones the inherent value in and necessity of telling stories from the within out, than from the exterior looking in rather. We’re thrilled to be teaming with Mark Gordon Pictures to greatly help bring Fallon’s undeniably powerful and relevant story to the screen,” said the Coopers of the film.