A lot has been said regarding the role of transgender athletes in MMA since this whole Fallon Fox controversy was first made public. While some have opted to defend Fallon’s right to fight, citing whatever limited studies on the subject that currently exist, others have chosen to publicly chastise Fox for having an “unfair advantage” or challenge her…him…I’m confused to a fight in the squared circle. In the case of the CagePotato audience, Fox’s unique predicament was met with the usual barrage of seething, ignorant hate and middle school-level sex jokes about ham wallets and hot dog vendors — bump it, you guys.
In either case, Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation ruled earlier today that there was insufficient evidence to declare that Fox had committed any fraudulent activities prior to her last bout in Florida. A quick recap of what went down: While applying for a fight license in Florida, Fox claimed that she had already received a license in California, when in reality she had only applied for a license and received a receipt she mistook for a license in return.
Clearly excited, Fox spoke with Outsports about the decision:
It makes me feel vindicated. I feel very happy that they came to the right conclusion. I wasn’t too doubtful that they would. I was pretty sure they would look into it and realize I wasn’t trying to deceive them with what I thought was a license.
Of course, Fox’s California licensing mistake wasn’t exactly the key issue at the forefront of her case, but I digress. Fox is now scheduled to face Allana Jones at CFA 11 on May 24th, so we’ll just have to wait and see what inevitable controversy evolves out of that fight and go from there.