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Thursday, July 04, 2013

No Holds Barred: On the Campaign to Defend Fallon Fox 


On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman discusses the historic campaign to support and defend MMA fighter Fallon Fox.

This is being primarily organized by GO! Athletes, an organization of current and former LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) athletes and their allies fighting to educate people about the need to accept all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The issue of Fallon Fox, the first openly transsexual MMA fighter, and her right to fight other women, has uncovered a mountain of hate, prejudice, ignorance, and misinformation in the MMA and combat sports world. This campaign aims "to build her an army of supporters to combat the negative punches being thrown at our hero", Fallon Fox.

Analyzed are the historical importance of Fallon Fox being the first openly transgender MMA fighter, the unprecedented nature of the organization of a grassroots campaign to support her, comparisons and the differences with the grassroots support organized in the 1960s to support Muhammad Ali when he was unjustly stripped of his world heavyweight boxing title, the mostly negative reaction to Fallon Fox in MMA officialdom and their tools in the "media", and much more.

This show also opens with a brief commentary on the rebirth of catch wrestling, where you can only win by pin or submission, and the importance of the First Annual Liberty Bell Classic East Coast King of Catch Tournament, which takes place Saturday, August 31, in Philadelphia.

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Monday, July 01, 2013

No Holds Barred: Fallon Fox in New York 

On this edition of No Holds Barred, host Eddie Goldman spoke with MMA fighter Fallon Fox.

She was in New York Sunday, June 30, to participate in the annual Heritage of Pride March, which aims to oppose discrimination against the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community. Fallon, of course, is the first openly transsexual MMA fighter, and marched with the contingent from GLAAD.

Her next fight will be in the finals of the Championship Fighting Alliance women's 145-pound tournament, where she will face Ashlee Evans-Smith.

We spoke with Fallon Fox Sunday shortly after we both left the Pride March, at a restaurant in New York.

"Wow, this was an amazing event," she said. While she has participated in Pride marches in Chicago a few times and recently in Portland, Oregon, she noted that this was "by far the biggest" she had seen.

"It was insane, it was crazy. A lot of people out just celebrating diversity."

Besides discussing the significance of this event, we of course discussed both her last fight and her upcoming fight in CFA. In her last match, on May 24 at CFA 11 in the tournament semifinals, she won by a third-round submission over Allanna Jones, using a catch wrestling hold known as a "Dragon Sleeper". We discussed what she knows of her next opponent, Ashlee Evans-Smith. While no date has yet been announced for that fight, it is expected to take place relatively soon. And we discussed her growing acceptance in the MMA world.

Before the interview, there is a commentary on the 2013 New York Pride March and its importance. Some photos from the march can be seen here.

You can play or download No Holds Barred here and here. If one link doesn't work, please try another.

No Holds Barred is also available on mobile phones and iPads through Stitcher.

Also, No Holds Barred is available through iTunes.

The No Holds Barred theme song is called "The Heist", which is also available on iTunes by composer Ian Snow.

No Holds Barred is free to listen to and is sponsored by:

ONE Fighting Championship. ONE FC is Asia's largest and most prestigious mixed martial arts event. ONE FC features the best Asian fighters and has initiated the ONE Asia Partnership Network, which includes most of the major MMA promotions and MMA gyms in Asia. For more information, go to their web site, at ONEFC.com.

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Photos from Meeting Fallon Fox at 2013 New York Pride March 

Here are a few of the photos taken by Fallon Fox and myself at the New York Pride March on Sunday, June 30, 2013.


Thanks to one of the marchers for taking this photo of Fallon Fox and myself.



This was part of the colorful scene as the march crossed 7th Avenue along Christopher Street.



Some of the pride-ful items on sale at the march.



After we left the march, I gave Fallon a ride in my own private car! The uptown local, of course, was on the downtown express track. Welcome to New York!




At Penn Station stop, next to Madison Square Garden, where Fallon wants to fight one day!



We grabbed some food afterwards, and Fallon took this shot of me. Notice all the veggies I'm inhaling, especially broccoli.



Fallon at the mic after our interview, which will be up soon. She may be planning a postfight career!

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