Transgender MMA Fighter Fallon Fox’s Career Is In Jeopardy. Thanks, Florida.

03.06.13 5 years ago 116 Comments

Fallon Fox

Fallon Fox is a 2-0 female Featherweight mixed martial artist, her most recent fight ending in just 39 seconds due to knockout. Her next bout is scheduled for April 20th, but her fight license application is currently under review from Florida’s state athletic commission partly stemming from her not being officially licensed in California, as Fallon originally thought. Through all this, it has been revealed that Fallon Fox is transgender (Believed to be the first, male or female, in MMA), having undergone gender reassignment surgery and hormone replacement therapy in 2006, at age 30.

Because MMA fans are The Worst, there’s a fair amount of hate being directed at Fallon, whether it is from “journalists” saying “All I will say is you may be able to change the cover of the book, but the story inside the book never changes,” or the typical meathead fan talking about dudes with mutilated dicks (That are gay, because of course) beating up women.

Personally, I think if Fallon’s hormones test within the ranges and ratios established for females, there shouldn’t be a problem. Especially since a guy like Vitor Belfort, who tested positive for steroids in 2006, and then got sort of clean, but now has lowered natural testosterone, can get a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone replacement therapy (Though Keith Kizer wants to put the kibosh on that, but that’s a whole other kettle of Megillahs), then a woman who’s been getting female hormones since the same time should be able to fight other ladies. Though I say that with no idea of how science works. Luckily, I don’t have to know about science, because the IOC would allow Fallon to compete as a woman according to their guidelines, and we all know the IOC’s rules are byzantine and insanely strict.

Besides, I’m sure Ediane Gomes would have no problem fighting her, considering she’s crazy enough to fight dudes in Vale Tudo matches and win (Which isn’t to say I think Fallon is a man, I mostly just wanted to point out that Ediane is cool, and I hope she beats Cris Cyborg at Invicta 5).

Actual, intelligent, non-inflammatory information can be found here.

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