A transgender woman called Anne Veriato makes history defeated a man in an MMA fight in Brazil. The contest went down in Manaus, Brazil at Mr. Cage 34.
Anne Veriato has won many medals in jiu-jitsu tournaments fighting against men and successfully made her transition to MMA in 2018.
Veriato scored a unanimous decision victory over Railson Paixao in their strawweight bout. The 21-year-old Brazilian spent the majority of the fight deploying ground submissions, armbars but Paixao was able to escape most of the attacks. Paixao did connect on more strikes, but Veriato stuck to the takedowns, and it paid off with a unanimous decision in the end.
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MR.CAGE 34 EDIÇÃO “CHOCAR O MUNDO”PELA PRIMEIRA VEZ NA HISTÓRIA DO MMA MUNDIAL ANNE VIRIATO (trans Homem) VS RAILSON PAIXAO Siga – @samirnadaf @mrcagemma
Posted by Samir Nadaf on Saturday, March 10, 2018
Prior to the fight, Veriato explained why she was interested in competing against men:
”It’s only fair to fight men,” Veriato told MMA Fighting. “It never crossed my mind to fight a woman because I think I’m too good. If I beat men my entire career, I can still beat them despite the hormone process. I only know that I’m good after I beat men. That’s what makes me happy and hungrier to train. I don’t think it’s fair to fight women.”
“Since we do hormonal therapy to become more feminine, the male hormone starts to disappear and don’t come back anymore after a while. I didn’t have the same strength in the gym after that, so that’s why I train so hard to be strong enough to fight men. I feel the difference in strength, and that’s why I work hard.”