According to a March 5 report from Sports Illustrated, Fallon Fox is bracing herself for controversy.
The 37-year-old recently revealed that she is the first on-record transgender female fighter in mixed martial arts, and she knows it might rub some the wrong way that she's allowed to punch girls in the face even though she was born a man.
"Our department is currently investigating allegations pertaining to the information provided on [Fox's] application," wrote Sandi Copes Poreda, Director of Communications for the DBPR, which oversees the Florida State Boxing Commission.
"I think it's imperative to remember that the Florida commission allowed this fight, not the California commission," said CSAC Executive Officer Foster. "California merely received and is processing the application. We're working on the necessary medical reviews. We simply have an application."
Fox knocked out a woman in 39 seconds at a fight in Coral Cables, Fla., and she's an undefeated 5-0 in her MMA career with all five wins coming in the first round.
"We stand 120,000 percent behind Fallon," Cage Fighting Alliance CEO Jorge De La Nova said. "She's a female. She's a very sweet girl. There's a lot of money on the line for her, and she's performed very well. We're going to give her a couple of weeks to see how this thing turns out."
Fox's next bout, which was scheduled for Apr. 20 as part of a semifinal bout in an eight-women CFA tournament at 145 pounds, has been cancelled by Cage Fighting Alliance.
The women's MMA community is up-and-arms about Fox competing against women, as some feel it may be a safety risk.
"I am very upset by this news, especially because one of my best friends, Ashlee Evans-Smith, is currently in an MMA tournament with this person," said Invicta FC champ Carla Esparza. "Fallon Fox was born a man, and is now a post-op transgender woman. Fallon has blown through her first five opponents, the last one by 39-second KO. Knockouts are very rare for women. I have nothing against Fallon as a person, but I fear for my friend Ashlee's safety and any other females who have to face her. This is an absolutely unfair advantage."
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