Florida regulator finds no fraud with transgender fighter Fallon Fox, drops case


  • Share on Tumblr
  • submit to reddit

fallon-fox-1.jpgA Florida regulatory agency that oversees the state’s athletic commission has found insufficient evidence to prove transgender MMA fighter Fallon 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.

The decision clears the way for Fox (2-0) 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.

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, who’s maintained in interviews she didn’t intentionally mislead regulators about her license or transgender status, also pointed out additional information that led her to believe she was cleared to compete in California, which included a “signature of licensee” line and a number appearing to note her licensure.

Shortly after the investigation kicked off, CSAC Executive Officer Andy Foster told MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) that the licensing paperwork may have confused Fox and said his commission would revise it. He later said the commission likely would license Fox to compete in the Golden State.

A rep for the FDBPR said the regulatory agency is also in the process of updating its rules to address transgender fighters. The Association of Boxing Commissions, of which the Florida commission is a member, enacted a guidelines for transgender fighters in 2012 that mirror those of the International Olympic Committee.

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.

view original article >>

Related News

  • 18 hours ago
  • 4 views

The California State Athletic Commission issued medical suspensions to all the fighters on Saturday’s UFC on FOX 12 card, with nearly a dozen getting terms longer than the minimum.Filed under: News, UFC more

  • 22 days ago
  • 49 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is moving forward with its actions against retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen. According to a report from MMAJunkie.com, the UFC's home governing body is waiting to find out if the former light heavyweight and middleweight contender will appeal its ruling.
The NSAC sent Sonnen its complaint on June 27. Per the commission's regulations, Sonnen has up to 20 days (which, in this case, would be up until July 17) to respond. From there, he would either accept more

  • 19 days ago
  • 24 views

The Dustin Holyko story continues to unfold with news that the convicted felon was allowed to compete at last weekend’s World Series of Fighting 11 event in Florida without a license. more

  • 6 days ago
  • 22 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission granted UFC middleweight competitor Vitor Belfort licensure to compete in the State of Nevada. He is expected to face Chris Weidman on December 6 in Las Vegas. Vitor Belfort is once again licensed to compete in the State of Nevada.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission unanimously granted the former UFC light-heavyweight champion licensure to fight in Nevada if the Brazilian agreed to three non-negotiable conditions. Firstly, the fight would not take place bef more

  • 6 days ago
  • 16 views

After appearing before the Nevada State Athletic Commission seeking re-licensure to compete following a failed drug test, Vitor Belfort has been approved for a conditional license to return to mixed martial arts. The hearing was aired live on UFC Fight Pass.
The conditions of his license were threefold: He will submit to random enhanced drug testing at the NSAC's discretion, he will only fight in Nevada upon his return and his return will not come before December of 2014. Belfort has been one of more

  • 6 days ago
  • 26 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today handed down a two-year suspension and other punishments to now-retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen following a pair of failed UFC 175 drug tests.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC more

  • 6 days ago
  • 12 views

LAS VEGAS — The Nevada State Athletic Commission today handed down a largely light punishment to retired UFC star Chael Sonnen.
Sonnen was suspended for two years with no fine. He is required to pay the costs of his drug testing program and for the costs (hotel, flight) of bringing in the NSAC laboratory expert. Sonnen also must work with the commission on educating other fighters under their jurisdiction. The commission meeting, which Bleacher Report attended in person, took place at the Grant more

  • 6 days ago
  • 108 views

Following Wednesday’s Nevada State Athletic Commission hearing that suspended Chael Sonnen and granted Vitor Belfort a license to fight Chris Weidman at UFC 181, fighters took to Twitter to react. more

  • 6 days ago
  • 305 views

The Nevada State Athletic Commission put together a star-studded hearing Wednesday. Serial woman abuser (who moonlights two or three times a year as a boxer) Floyd Mayweather, Jr. was the biggest name in attendance. "Money" showed up to ask for the Commission's approval to move forward on starting his own boxing promotion: Mayweather Promotions. Logically, that should have resulted in serious questions regarding his history of out-of-the-ring violence (which most recently surfaced in May when hi more