Anne Veriato, a 21-year-old brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, will be making her MMA debut when she faces Railson Paixao in a strawweight (52kg) bout on March 10.
As a transgender woman who has been fighting and beating men in jiu-jitsu tournaments since the age of seven, Veriato admits she never even considered fighting a woman.
"It's only fair to fight men. It never crossed my mind to fight a woman because I think I'm too good. I don't think it's fair to fight women," said the trailblazer.
Of course, a few years back, Fallon Fox made headlines as a transgender fighter, but she was going up against cisgender women, meaning athletes whose gender identity is the same as their birth sex.