Transgender fighter Fallon Fox
will make her televised debut on May 24, when she squares off with
Jones at CFA
11 live on AXS TV.
Championship Fighting Alliance event takes place at BankUnited
Center in Coral Gables, Fla., and the evening’s televised main card
kicks off at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
In addition to the women’s 145-pound tournament semifinal between
Fox and Jones, the card will also see Strikeforce veterans Mike Kyle and
Overeem collide in a heavyweight showdown. Bellator alumni
Palomino and Alexis Vila
will also compete on the card, taking on Robert
Washington and Czar
Fox, 37, advanced to the semifinals of CFA’s women’s tournament by
knocking out Ericka
Newsome in just 39 seconds on March 2 at CFA 10. Born male, Fox
underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2006 and supplemented the
procedure with years of hormone therapy, a fact that was first
reported last month, just days after her victory over Newsome. The
news prompted Florida to investigate Fox’s license, but the
fighter’s ability to compete ultimately remained unaffected.
Jones, meanwhile, took a split decision over Kelsey De
Santis in the tournament quarterfinals to advance in the CFA
draw. The 26-year-old began her pro career this past September and
split her first two bouts, debuting with a first-round knockout
Albany before submitting to a Randa
Markos Thomas armbar on Nov. 17.