Skip to comments.Mixed Martial Arts fighter admits 'she' was born male after speedy knockout
Posted on 03/08/2013 9:48:26 PM PST by Morgana
FLORIDA, March 8, 2013, (LifeSiteNews.com) The Florida State Boxing Commission is considering revoking Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Fallon Foxs license after Fox confessed he was born a man.
Fox, 37, had been competing as a woman in the featherweight division and had not previously disclosed his birth sex. He was forced to reveal his secret to Sports Illustrated magazine after a journalist with knowledge of his background questioned him after winning a quarterfinal fight against Ericka Newsome. The fight lasted only 39 seconds and ended when Fox delivered a blow to Newsomes head with his knee, knocking her out.
Fox took hormones and had surgery to change his appearance to that of a woman in 2006. On his March 1 application for a Florida fighting license, he marked himself female and did not disclose his masculine origins. He also claimed to have a California fighting license. Typically, having a license in another state makes the application process faster and smoother. However, California officials said they only received an application from Fox, and it has not yet been approved.
Fox was scheduled to fight a woman April 20, but that fight has been postponed pending the outcome of the investigation into his licensing.
Foxs agent Brett Atchley said his client is upset by media coverage painting him as having calculated his sex change to achieve success in sports. The bone of contention for Fallon seems to be people characterizing [him] as dishonest and manipulating, that [he] somehow manifested [his] destiny by saying, Im going to have this operation and then Im going to be a fighter and world champion, Atchley said.
Fox is also reportedly upset by the backlash from his would-be competitors in the ring, all of whom are women weighing between 135 and 145 pounds.
Championship Fighting Alliance CEO Jorge De La Noval said women fighters have been calling him to complain. It has gotten to the point where some are saying, Im fighting her in the next round. Am I fighting a male or female? Whats the deal? he said. I told them the same thing. I'm not pulling [him] from the tournament. [He]s a female fighter and if [he] goes all the way, [he]s going to be my champion and Im very proud of [him]. Its just a matter of time before we see how this plays out.
De La Noval was previously unaware that Fox was born a man, but he said he hopes the FSBC allows him to return to the ring as a woman.
[He] has a license by the Florida State Boxing Commission as a female; [he]s going to stay in the tournament, De La Noval told ESPN.com. [He]s a female fighter to us. And were standing behind [him] when it comes to that. We're not going to kick [him] out of the tournament. [He]s going to continue fighting for CFA.
Added De La Noval, It wouldn't be fair to cut [him] out of the tournament now. Theres a lot of money on the line for [him] that [he] needs. [He]s a great fighter.
De La Noval said he couldnt imagine the FSBC revoking Foxs license.
As a promoter, obviously everyone who comes into my office, what I see is a fighter, De La Noval said. I don't ask anyone what their sexual preference is. What they do with their personal life is not my business. [He]s a sweet girl...And where we stand as a company is that [he]s a female. [He] has an Illinois driver's license [as a female]. [He]s a female and [he]s definitely a fighter. I just dont see how anybody can revoke [his] license.
FSBC officials are holding rules workshops next week, at which they plan to address the issue of transgender fighters.
The commission is in the process of updating its rules for professional MMA events, and this particular topic will be part of our workshops on March 15, FSBC spokeswoman Sandi Copes Poreda said. We'll have additional information about the rules workshops after its completed.
The issue of transgender athletes has been receiving increasing attention as gender reassignment surgery becomes more common. In California, controversy arose when a 68, 50 year-old man played college basketball on a womens team shortly after his sex-change surgery.
South African Olympic runner Caster Semenya received international attention when the International Association of Athletics Federation had her submit to gender testing, suspecting she may have been lying about her sex. The results of that testing were never released, but the IAAF cleared her to return to competition in 2010.
At least they didn't say her knee.
There may be some who suspect he changed secession just to be a he/she champ. But that’s really beside the point. Sometime after he decided to pretend he’s a woman he started fighting women, despite knowing he’s not a woman. That’s the issue. Let’s assume it wasn’t the plan before it happened. But at some point it did happen, and he basically committed fraud.
By the way, is Andy Kaufman’s inter-gender wrestling title still up for grabs? Maybe that’s the sport for him.
Male physique, male musculature, male hormones, male bone structure...
but yeah, obviously a woman. </sarcasm>
..."what difference does it make?"
Enter The Draggin'.
Laz would not touch it!
I would look into its college records. Supposedly according to NCAA rules a "student athlete" has just 6 years to complete 4 years of eligibility. If the 50-year-old pervert ever registered for so much as 1 semester 6 or more years ago, then it should lose all eligibility to play collegiate sports. If it lied on its college application, it should be expelled from its school.
Women fight for equality then complain when they get it. :)
This to me seems the pinnacle of misogyny . . . to “become” a “woman” in order to beat up women.
they let them in the LPGA too I think.
A 145 lb. Woman is no featherweight.
What a way to make a living.
I guess this conclusively proves that MMA is both retarded and gay
This isn’t bizarre enough. They need to somehow bring dwarfs into the controversy.