Jenna ‘Foxy Lady’ Fox, an undefeated MMA fighter in the bantamweight ranks, said on Jan. 23 in an exclusive interview with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that she thinks bloody mixed martial arts fights are “kind of awesome.”
Fox is slated to fight Feb. 23 at 135 pounds at the Central Illinois Throwdown in East Peoria. In March, she’s fighting for a 135-pound title on the Caged Aggression 9 card in Rock Island, Illinois. Opponents aren’t finalized yet.
Besides bloody cage fights, Fox generously took out a few minutes of her time to weigh in on some of the most controversial topics in MMA today. Here’s what she had to say:
Q. Since most MMA promotions have ring girls, should female MMA feature ring boys?
Fox: I think I would be a little weirded out if there were guys strutting around the cage during women’s fights. It just seems more of a female thing to walk around while people drool over you. I don’t notice them when I’m in the cage anyway, so it doesn’t make a difference to me.
Q. Is there anything that grosses you out about competing in MMA?
Fox: In training when a guy sweats excessively and I have to grapple with him, or if I slip in a puddle of it and fall, I kind of hate that. Blood doesn’t bother me. There’s something about a bloody fight that’s just kind of awesome.
Q. Speaking of grappling with guys, Invicta’s Ediane Gomes famously fought a man in her homeland of Brazil. Do you think there will ever come a time when men will fight women in a cage and it won’t be considered taboo?
Fox: I doubt that it will happen in the United States, just because it’s normal in the U.S. for professional sports to be separated by gender. Even though women and men may be able to play basketball equally well, they still play separately, and I think people will want to keep it that way in most sports, especially combat sports.
Q. Ronda Rousey said that having a lot sex before fights helps build her testosterone and makes her fight better. Do you take the same approach?
Fox: Hah not really, I’m usually extremely irritable from cutting weight 1-2 weeks out from a fight, and that tends to kill the mood. Especially if my boyfriend is cutting weight at the same time. So if it happens, that’s great, if not, I don’t really think it affects my performance too much.
Q. Have you ever had a wardrobe malfunction in a fight?
Fox: I’ve had a few opponents pull my sports bra down in a fight, but not enough so that anyone got a good show! I’ve always worn two sports bras to help avoid a nip slip, and I try to make sure my shorts fit well so they don’t come down too far.
Q. Invicta’s Bec Hyatt recently said that one of her biggest fears is losing control of her bladder if she gets knocked out in a fight. She said she has seen fighters pee themselves after getting knocked out. Do you think that actually happens?
Fox: Definitely. I don’t think it’s super common, but I have heard of it happening. It’s probably a good idea to take a bathroom break before a fight just in case.
Q. It seems like there are a ton of lesbian MMA fighters. Why do you think that is? And would you feel weird having a lesbian opponent?
Fox: I don’t know why that is. I wouldn’t ever feel uncomfortable against a lesbian opponent because I highly doubt that punching another girl in her face is a turn on or anything. Even if it is, I think maybe that would be a compliment to me if a lesbian is attracted to me. Whatever floats your boat.
Q. A lot of non-fighters are amazed that MMA fighters can drop weight like it’s nothing. Have any weight loss tips?
Fox: I reduce my carb intake a lot, and eat mostly veggies and protein, a little fat but no sugar. And I drink a ridiculous amount of water to flush any excess out until the last few days. I usually have to use the sauna to sweat the last of the weight off.
Q. Ronda Rousey and Gina Carano are just a couple of the female MMA fighters who posed nude for ESPN the Magazine. Would you ever do something like that?
Fox: Maybe someday. I think the human body is an amazing and beautiful thing and when it’s presented in a tasteful manner (nude or clothed). It’s art whether it’s a photograph or a painting. There’s nothing wrong with appreciating art, or becoming the art that others appreciate.
Q. Where can fans check you out online?
Fox: I have a new Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/foxyladymma, or you can find me on Twitter at @fightinfox.