UFC President Dana White said state athletic commissions ultimately will determine the future of Fallon Fox. But he said any talk about the transgender MMA fighter competing in his organization is extremely premature.
Fox became a national story this past week after it was learned the 37-year-old fighter was born a man and underwent gender reassignment surgery and began supplemental hormonal therapy in 2006.
As MMAjunkie.com (www.mmajunkie.com) reported, Fox, who knocked out a woman in 39 seconds as part of a Championship Fighting Alliance tournament on March 2, is now under investigation by the Florida State Boxing Commission due to licensing discrepancies.
Whether Fox will be licensed to continue fighting females ultimately will be decided by the governing bodies, according to White.
“It’s a question for the athletic commissions,” he told the Abe Kanan Show on SiriusXM. “The athletic commissions, I don’t know how they would rule on that. That’s a really tough one, and that’s in the hands of the commission, not me.”
White, though, said it’s far too soon to talk about Fox entering the UFC’s recently launched 135-pound women’s division. Fox is just 2-0 as a pro and 3-0 as an amateur. Some of the UFC’s recent signings include Ronda Rousey (7-0), Miesha Tate (13-3), Julie Kedzie (16-11) and Sara McMann (6-0), fighters with extensive MMA backgrounds and/or Olympic experience.
White wants to see that kind of experience – against quality competition – before he’d even consider signing Fox.
“Here’s the other thing,” White said. “All this other hype about Fallon Fox fighting in the UFC or whatever, understand this first and foremost: Everyone that Fallon Fox has fought has a losing record.
“So before you even think about fighting in the UFC or whatever – he was a man and now he’s a woman – he’s fighting girls who have losing records. Before you get too crazy about him being in the UFC, he’s so freaking far from being in the UFC that it’s not even funny.”
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