Fallon Fox has thrown another obstacle towards MMA, after Sports Illustrated discovered that she was transgender. Since the news broke, it has led to questions if she should be allowed to compete and against what gender.
Throughout everything that happened last week, Fox believes she has done no wrong.
“The medical community stands behind me in that there’s no unfair competitive advantage, like my competition have said,” said Fox to CNN.
Fox began her MMA training in 2008, which was two years after her first gender reassignment surgery. She made her amateur debut in 2011 with a first round submission win. She is undefeated in her professional career, taking a pair of wins.
Her last fight saw her advance to the semifinals of Championship Fighting Alliance’s (CFA) eight person tournament to crown their first female title holder. She defeated Ericka Newsome in 39 seconds by knockout.
The tournament was to resume on April 20, but CFA owner Jorge De La Noval has postponed everything as a sign of support for Fox.
“I think for the most part, the reaction has been positive,” said Fox. “Some of society just doesn’t get it yet, and what we’re trying to do right now is educate the world and let them know about transgender athletes.”
Fox’s fighting license is currently under review.
Below is her video with CNN.