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    Transgender Fighter To Make MMA Debut

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    A transgender woman will fight a man at an MMA event in Brazil, marking perhaps the first publicized contest of its kind in the history of the sport.

    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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