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Transgender MMA Fighter Fallon Fox Faces Licensing Controversy After Latest Win in Florida

(Huh. I was actually leaning towards Germany on this one. Photo via

On Saturday, a female fighter named Fallon Fox scored a 39-second knockout against Ericka Newsome at CFA 10 in Coral Gables, Florida, extending her combined amateur/professional MMA record to 5-0, with all wins by first-round stoppage. This wouldn’t be particularly newsworthy, except for two reasons:

1) Fox just came out publicly as transsexual. She was born a male, and had gender re-assignment surgery in 2006, along with supplemental hormonal therapy. As Loretta Hunt reports, Fox is the first transgender person on record, male or female, to compete in MMA.

2) On her application for MMA licensure in Florida before the fight, Fox incorrectly claimed that she had been licensed by the California State Athletic Commission earlier this year. According to CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster, Fox’s application was still under review, and the CSAC had only mailed Fox a receipt for her initial $60 application. Fox claims that she didn’t intentionally misrepresent herself to the Florida commission, and believed she had been approved by California. At any rate, Fox didn’t disclose her transgender status on her Florida application because she wasn’t asked to, and none of this was revealed until after she KO’d Newsome with a knee to the face.

“Our department is currently investigating allegations pertaining to the information provided on [Fox's] application,” wrote Sandi Copes Poreda, Director of Communications for Florida’s Dept. of Business and Professional Regulation. “The Florida State Boxing Commission is in the process of updating the rules for professional MMA events and this topic [of transgender fighter applications] will be included in an upcoming workshop on changes to the administrative rules.”

While Fox could face some consequences for competing with an ill-gotten license, her current promotional home Championship Fighting Alliance is giving her its full support: “We stand 120,000 percent behind Fallon,” CFA CEO Jorge De La Nova said. “She’s a female. She’s a very sweet girl. There’s a lot of money on the line for her, and she’s performed very well. We’re going to give her a couple of weeks to see how this thing turns out.”

Fox had been scheduled to compete on April 20th in the quarterfinals of CFA’s ongoing eight-woman featherweight tournament, but that event has temporarily been put on hold.

As Fox said in a new interview with OutSports, “These past six years, people have seen me as a woman, not a transsexual. People in the gym, people I train with, it’s been great, it’s been awesome. I’m just a woman to them. I don’t want that to go away. It’s unfortunate that it has to…I’m technically, legally, physically and mentally female. Everything about me is female.”

Check out the preview for an upcoming documentary about Fox below, and let us know what you think: Does Fallon deserve equal treatment as a woman in the sport, even if she wasn’t born that way? Or does being transgender constitute an unfair competitive advantage?


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section1guy- March 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm
The best thing about Fallon Fox's decision to be a female was those tits. Those look awesome.

BTW, she shouldn't be allowed to fight women. I have zero problem with her decision to be transgender or transsexual (I don't know the difference) but you can't tell me she's not a man fighting women. It's dangerous and unfair.
ArmFarmer- March 7, 2013 at 8:39 am
“She’s a female. She’s a very sweet girl. There’s a lot of money on the line for her, and she’s performed very well. We’re going to give her a couple of weeks to see how this thing turns out.”

"Everything about me is female.”

Show me some ovaries, have a menstrual cycle, get pregnant... to quote mr. durden.. "sticking feathers in your butt does not make you a chicken"
ArmFarmer- March 7, 2013 at 8:34 am
A man with a mutilated body is still a man. It always got under my skin that people actually act like getting a sex change really changes a persons sex. It's just surgical mutiliation of a man's body parts.. maybe this will put an end to that nonsense. I could see the same "she's a woman now!" types changing their tune with this situation.
Markdog- March 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm
I'd like to see her fight Cyborg on NYE.
Mr_Misanthropy- March 6, 2013 at 6:52 pm
Mr_Misanthropy- March 6, 2013 at 6:54 pm
Needs to git that mannish ass jawline shaved down wit da bonesaw. Ain't foolin nobody who isn't blind or gay.
ReX13- March 6, 2013 at 5:54 pm
Y'all quit talking about my girlfriend.
cman- March 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm
Cyborg just got a weird boner.
DARKHORSE06- March 6, 2013 at 4:20 pm
This dude is gross.
KungfuJaysus- March 6, 2013 at 3:12 pm
Oh how I giggled at this whole thing. Sooooo fucking stupid. Left Boob Telligman, you sir are hilarious.
Left_Boob_Telligman- March 6, 2013 at 3:00 pm
If girls can be on steroids all year and cycle off for fights, it's fine if this girl fights.

And yes, i'd tear that pussy up. Her girlfriend too.
mvalle888- March 6, 2013 at 1:47 pm
I wonder now after this news if her opponents would think she has an advantage over them or if she will get her license suspended-->
O Chan- March 6, 2013 at 1:27 pm
I don't see what the big deal is? Cyborg's been knocking women out for years.
batman- March 6, 2013 at 1:24 pm
"she" was still born a "he". therefore, he probably possesses the greater psysical strength like most males over females in the animal kingdom. i don't know morally how he can strike a woman in competition with malicious intent.
P.S. would you?
Dog Dicks Magoo- March 6, 2013 at 1:07 pm
I bet she wins all "her" fights via dong bar.
blaphtome- March 6, 2013 at 12:16 pm
Her man hands alone make this shit unfair. You can't go around punchin bitches with man hands just cuz your wires got crossed and you got your dick chopped off and implants. Fuck PC bullshit; this is wrong, PERIOD. The picture is right there; look at the mitts on that bitch, not to mention how a girls hand is gonna shatter on that man head.
El Guapo- March 6, 2013 at 11:39 am
"Dude, brrro. She's a dude, brro." -Karo
Fried Taco- March 6, 2013 at 11:04 am
I was going to suggest X/Y chromosome testing for MMA, but then found this:

I wonder how many other fighters may have this?

(Symptoms usually include small testes...)
RSparrow- March 6, 2013 at 10:24 am
What a fag.
BigDaddyD- March 6, 2013 at 10:03 am
Cyborg just got a challenger in the "who's got a bigger dick" in women's MMA.

First off, If you are born a man you fight men. If you are born a woman, you fight women. I don't care how many drugs you take to make yourself feel like you don't have an advantage, but you do. She's enormous compared to about 99% of the women in MMA.
peacexxl- March 6, 2013 at 9:17 am
“We stand 120,000 percent behind Fallon,” CFA CEO Jorge De La Nova said.

Wow! A made up number to show how much the promotion stands behind this made up gender.
MorningwoodII- March 6, 2013 at 9:07 am
How low does your testosterone have to be to fight women? Maybe all the guys on TRT should stop treatment and then fight in a woman's league.
ksgbobo- March 6, 2013 at 8:57 am
I know what could solve this...would you do her/him? If so, then let her fight...if not, then he/she can't fight.

But if you curious, the answer is no.
BigDaddyD- March 6, 2013 at 10:04 am
would not hit
CheechFace- March 6, 2013 at 8:37 am
"I’m technically, legally, physically and mentally female. Everything about me is female.”
Pending a karyotyping, I have to call bullshit on this. Legally, fine; mentally, you go girl; technically, depends on the context, and physically, I'm sorry but you're not. I'm not questioning your aesthetics, I'll leave that to some of the other taters but you are physically a man and that could be an unfair advantage in the ring. You might be on hormone treatment to suppress it and you may have had the surgery to hide it, but every cell in your body still thinks at its core that it is a male cell.
The12ozCurls- March 6, 2013 at 8:33 am
I forsee a ReX "weird boner" moment in the near future.
ReX13- March 6, 2013 at 6:16 pm
GistoftheFist- March 6, 2013 at 8:28 am
Hmm. Well, on the one hand it's not an "unfair" advantage for the one-armed fighter to compete in MMA, but in this case i'd say it is unfair. She's still got the bone structure and build of a man so it's unfair even if she and her opponent are the same weight class. I don't think HRT undoes years of male hormones formulating your physique. Does anyone remember that story where the two women who competed in the Olympics and won were suspected to be men but it wasn't ever proven?