After Fallon Fox, the female transsexual MMA fighter who has recently been the center of much controversy, BJJ also has it’s own transsexual athlete and competitor: BJJ brown belt from Toronto, Canada: Alaina Hardie.
She has been very active in recent years competing in various female divisions in grappling and BJJ. A recent knee injury will most probably keep her out of future competitions though. Only recently has she done her public coming out.
In this podcast, Alaina talks about how she believes that there is no scientific evidence that transsexual athletes have unfair advantages over other athletes. She also expressed her total support for Fallon Fox:
“I am, like Fallon, a transsexual athlete. I met Fallon when we both did the ADCC Trials in 2009. And at the time I had no idea she was transsexual, and she had no idea I was, either. I just thought she was like every other non-trans female grappler out there. Immediately I e-mailed her and was like, ‘Look, girl, I totally got your back. I’m also a trans athlete.’ And we had a little, brief conversation about it at that point.”
This is one of Alaina’s matches: