As has been the case in her previous two fights, Fallon Fox dominated the action Friday night in Coral Gables, Fla., against Allanna Jones to remain unbeaten. Fox improved to 3-0 with a third-round submission at CFA 11.
“I noticed she tried to get away from me a lot, so it was hard for me to catch up to her,” Fox said. “But I did get her in the end, and that was pretty awesome.”
In her first televised bout, Fox was hoping for an impressive win. It was a solid win for her, but MMA fans aren’t likely clamoring to see her compete against the sport’s elite at this time.
Though Jones (2-2) came up short, she did expose a weakness in Fox’s game -- cardio. She forced Fox to go beyond the opening round for the first time in her career.
The transsexual fighter is at the center of an ongoing debate about whether or not a transgender female should be allowed to compete in women’s MMA.
The argument against sanctioning Fox -- who was born a male -- to compete is that she has a natural physical advantage over other women fighters. That point of view likely gained more supporters because Fox was clearly bigger, stronger and faster than Jones.
And from the start of the opening round, Fox used those physical advantages to gain momentum. She kicked Jones’ lead left thigh repeatedly and landed a few hard right hands. But Jones, who kept her chin high throughout the fight, used good footwork to avoid serious damage.
On the ground, Fox used her strength to apply a shoulder lock. But again, a determined Jones survived. When the horn sounded, Fox was breathing heavily and walking slowly to her corner.
It was the first time as a pro that Fox was forced past the first round. And the energy she exerted in the first five minutes meant for a slower pace in Round 2.
Fox threw fewer strikes, though a kick to the midsection sent Jones to the canvas briefly. With Fox slowing down, Jones landed a jab and straight right hand that brought cheers from the mostly anti-Fox crowd.
But Jones wasn’t strong enough to seriously threaten Fox. Once on the ground, Fox was able to regain control of the action from top position, from which she landed punches and elbows.
In the third round, Fox would get the fight to the ground again, and from a north-south position, she’d apply a knee to the throat of Jones, who was forced to tap.
Fox meets Ashlee Evans-Smith in the tournament final. It is not yet known when the fight will take place.
“That’s going to be an awesome match,” Fox said. “Ashley’s a little bigger than me; it’s going to be a hard challenge. But I’m ready to go. I’m ready to rock.”