Racquel Pennington is an American MMA fighter that’s previously fought for Invicta, and now fights in the UFC’s bantamweight division. The openly gay athlete started as a professional fighter in 2009, quickly building up a solid record of 7 wins (5 by submission) to just 1 loss.
She and fellow UFC fighter, Tecia Torres, in the strawweight division, are engaged to be married.
Tonya Evinger’s professional fighting career began in 2006 when she arrived on the MMA scene. She has a record of 19 wins to 8 losses, 8 wins occurring from knockouts alone, and 7 via submission.
The openly LGBTQA fighter has won a number of awards, including an Invicta FC Bantamweight Championship. She has quite a following on social media too, with over 13,000 people on her Instagram page alone, where she posts quite a few pictures of her and her partner, model Bella Burke.
Fallon Fox didn’t exactly come out on her own terms within the MMA industry. In 2013, She had already been fighting professionally for six years as a woman, when she got a phone call from a reporter who let her know the secret was out.
So, she was basically forced to come out, after which time she faced a bunch of scrutiny for fighting as a woman (even though that’s who she had been for years.) She ended up making history for being the first openly transgender woman in the history of the MMA.
Shad Smith made history as the first openly gay MMA fighter, and has now earned himself the nickname, “The American Badass.” But what gives? Well, it could have something to do with his spotty legal past, as Smith is a convicted felon.
Smith rose to fame in the underground world of fighting, courtesy of Felony Fights, which gives ex-offenders a chance to compete in the ring. The thing about Felony Fights? It’s not sanctioned by the state and it has no rules. Hence the nickname.
This Mexican American MMA fighter Competed for the UFC Championship as a Strawweight. Her professional career started in 2006 with Absolute Fighting, and in 2013, she was the first female to sign with World Series of Fighting.
She also went on to become the promotion’s first female champion. Aguilar has been openly living as a lesbian for quite some time now and lives with her longtime girlfriend that she’s been with since 2012.