California State Athletic Commission Executive Officer Andy Foster said that Fallon Fox, the first openly transgendered MMA competitor, is just a couple steps away from being granted her license to compete in that state.
She has already applied for her license there, but has to await a response from the commission while they further study the matter. It's likely she will have to supply medical records that show the kinds of medical procedures and therapies she has undergone to complete her transformation before the state can give a final verdict.
Foster spoke with Sherdog.com on Tuesday about the process they will be going through to make a determination on the matter.
“I have been trying to get Dr. Paul Wallace and the Medical Advisory Committee together but it has been tough to get six doctors together in the same room,” said Foster. “We’ll take it up and I am sure they will ask for more information from the applicant.”
He went on to add that he thinks Fallon Fox would likely be granted her license in California so long as she meets requirements set forth by the Association of Boxing Commissions. Those standards are similar to those adopted by the Olympics regarding transgendered competitors.
“I suspect it is more of an ‘if’ rather than ‘when’ question at this point, but we will have to wait and see,” said the executive officer. “If everything is in order and the doctors recommend licensure, I will recommend licensure as well.”
Finally, he said that once she does get her license, the decision would be final and not open to being revisited later.
“Should she be granted licensure in the state of California she will be treated the same as any other licensee.”