Transgender mixed martial artist Fallon Fox has been cleared to fight.
A Florida regulatory agency that oversees the state’s athletic commission found insufficient evidence to prove that Fox committed fraud prior to her most recent bout. An investigation into Fox’s fight license is now closed, according to a ruling today by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Fox (2-0) is now set to compete at CFA 11, which hosts the semifinals of a women’s featherweight tournament on May 24 at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla. The event is expected to air live on AXS TV.
According to MMAFighting.com, Fox, who underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 2006, applied for a fight license as a woman prior to a March 2 bout with Ericka Newsome, which she won by first-round knockout. On her licensing paperwork, she noted that she already was licensed with the California State Athletic Commission. As it turned out, the commission merely had given her a receipt for her application and was still reviewing her application, which included documentation of her switch from male to female.
The investigation, which was opened shortly after Fox’s transgender status went public, was not centered around her gender status, but whether she had willfully misled regulators by stating she was licensed in California.
Section 548.071 (2) of Florida’s combat sports statutes states the boxing commission may suspend or revoke a combatant’s license if it’s found he or she has “committed fraud or deceit in securing any license or permit.”
On March 27, Fox’s attorney submitted an affidavit to the FDBPR stating she had “a reasonable belief” that the receipt she received from CSAC was indeed a license and, “No one from the [CSAC] has informed me otherwise … particularly since [the receipt] instructed me to provide it as ‘proof of licensure.’”
Fox has said she didn’t intentionally mislead regulators about her license or transgender status.
In today’s ruling, FDBPR Assistant General Counsel Roger R. Maas wrote, “Based on the foregoing, the evidence does not support prosecution of the specified violations of Chapter 548, Florida Statutes, or the rules promulgated thereunder. Therefore, this case should be closed.”
On Monday, Fox’s originally scheduled opponent, Allana Jones (2-1), agreed to keep the matchup in place after initially expressing reservations about being at a potential disadvantage. Another tournament semifinalist, Peggy Morgan, already has come out against Fox competing and vowed not to fight her.
CFA promoter Jorge de la Noval rescheduled the upcoming event in a show of support for Fox, whose bout with Jones is expected to serve as the co-main event.Tags: CFA 11, Fallon Fox, MMA NEWS