Updated: October 22, 2013

by Ben Fowlkes

In the weeks leading up to her tournament final bout against transgender fighter Fallon FoxAshlee Evans-Smith found herself on the receiving end of a type of “support” she would have rather done without.

You know the kind. At least, you do if you’ve ever so much as glanced at a Twitter conversation about Fox, who become the subject of controversy when she revealed in March that she had been born a man.

“People would tweet me things like, ‘Go Ashlee, ‘F–k him up,’ or things of that nature,” Smith told “I didn’t appreciate that. It didn’t give me any boost to have the support of those people who were just against Fallon. It really didn’t. It felt wrong.”

That’s because, as far as Smith was concerned, Fox’s decision to transition from male to female was a private matter. If that’s how Fox wants to live, Smith said, “I respect that.” It’s just that there seemed to be plenty of fight fans who didn’t, and the resulting controversy became a double-edged sword for Smith, who defeated Fox via third-round TKO earlier this month to win the Championship Fighting Alliance women’s featherweight tournament.


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