Fallon Fox, MMA’s first known openly transgender athlete, has high hopes for her fighting career.

Fox, 37, competed in her second pro bout on March 2 in Florida, knocking out her opponent in 39 seconds to advance to the semifinals of the Championship Fighting Alliance’s featherweight tournament.

Three days after Fox’s victory at CFA 10, Sports Illustrated reported that Fox’s fight license in the Sunshine State was under investigation after the Florida State Boxing Commission learned of Fox’s transgender identity. The fighter, who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2006, released a public statement regarding her career aspirations on Wednesday:

“I'd like the world to know that I deserve the right to compete in women's MMA,” Fox wrote on her official Facebook page. “I have trained hard for this, sacrificed relationships, invested money to attempt to accomplish my goal of being the best female MMA fighter I can be. I am a woman. A woman who happens to fall into the category of postoperative transsexual. Just like there are black women, lesbian women, disabled women, and other types of women, there are trans women. We are just another type in the category of women.

“There is a misconception out there that postoperative transsexual women have an automatic advantage over women born with complete female anatomy. This is simply not true. The general public needs to be aware of this and we are hoping to shed light on this misconception.

“I cannot wait to fight again. And I would like to take my skills to the highest levels and promotions that I can.”

Fox, whose first pro bout took place last May on sovereign land at the Couer D’alene Casino Resort Hotel in Idaho, did not disclose her status as a transgender woman on her license application in Florida, according to the SI report, which also noted that Fox was not asked to reveal the information on the application. Additionally, the competitor reportedly claimed that she had received a license in California, though she had actually only applied for one last month.

Sherdog.com recently confirmed Fox’s application status with California State Athletic Commission Executive Director Andy Foster, who verified that Fox was mailed a $60 application receipt by the CSAC. Foster said Fox may have erroneously taken the receipt as proof that she had been licensed.

In actuality, the 37-year-old’s application is slated for consideration at the CSAC’s next Medical Advisory Committee meeting, which could take place as early as this month. If that is the case, Fox’s application would then likely be discussed by the CSAC at the next commission meeting in April. Meanwhile, the FSBC is slated to address Fox’s case at a rules workshop next week.

While the Association of Boxing Commissions has already aligned itself with the International Olympic Committee in its policy on transgender competitors, it is currently unclear whether Fox will be allowed to compete in the CFA semifinals and continue her bid for the $20,000 payday and the promotion’s featherweight title. In light of Fox’s situation, promoter Jorge De La Noval has postponed the next CFA event to allow time for the commission to make a ruling.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC 205 Weigh-in Results: Champions on Weight, Gastelum-Cerrone Cancelled

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

The hopes that the UFC 205 weigh-ins would go off without a hitch were quickly blown away on Friday morning. Luckily for fight fans, all three title fights are official. Conor McGregor (154.4) and Ed read news >>

Melvin Guillard Set to Compete in UK Bare-Knuckle Boxing Scene While Serving Suspension | FIGHTLAND

  • 13 days ago
  • 12 views

Photo by Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports In the past MMA fighters have shown creativity in getting around those pesky suspensions imposed on them by state athletic commissions for failed drug tests or fa read news >>

Demian Maia talks Robbie Lawler offer, title-shot hopes and desired Anderson Silva rematch

  • 12 days ago
  • 24 views

SAO PAULO – Demian Maia was sitting cageside when UFC 205’s co-headliner between champ Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson was, much to his dismay, declared a draw. He’s now analyzing his options.File read news >>

TUF 24 Finale's Sara McMann hopes she gets another shot at Ronda Rousey – title or not

  • 9 days ago
  • 13 views

Sara McMann really, really dislikes losses. And she really, really likes avenging them.Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, Radio Highlight, UFC, Videos read news >>

After changing training habits, champ Dhiego Lima hopes return call from UFC comes after Titan FC 42

  • 6 days ago
  • 4 views

Dhiego Lima knows what it takes to get to the UFC. He found out the hard way what it takes to stay there, and in his first go-’round, he didn’t have it. Filed under: News read news >>

Video: How in the hell do you beat UFC champ Demetrious Johnson?

  • 4 days ago
  • 19 views

LAS VEGAS – How in the hell do you beat the UFC’s longtime flyweight champion and MMA’s pound-for-pound king, Demetrious Johnson?Filed under: Featured, Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Nick Diaz and Nevada Athletic Commission Reach Agreement | MMAWeekly.com

  • 14 hours ago
  • 21 views

Nick Diaz and the Nevada Athletic Commission have reach an agreement that will allow the Stockton native to compete again and/or serve as a cornerman. read news >>