Saturday night in Florida, Fallon “Queen of Swords” Fox was at the height of “her” game as she knocked out opponent Ericka Newsome in 39 second bout with a knee to the face.
Now, he has been outed as a man and his licensure is under investigation.
Fallon, who, like many male transgenders, embarked on a new athletic career when he realized he could compete against females, failed to disclose his sex when he applied for his license to the Florida State Boxing Commission.
“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.
On her application, a copy of which was provided to SI.com, Fox stated that she held an MMA combatant’s license issued in 2013 by the California State Athletic Commission. However, CSAC Executive Director Andy Foster confirmed that Fox’s application for licensure was still under review, though the fighter and her manager, Brett Atchley, believed she had received notice of her licensure in the mail in late February. Licensure secured in other jurisdictions — particularly in a key state like California — can weigh heavily on a regulatory body’s review of a new applicant’s information.
In addition, Fox admits she did not disclose her transgender history, and presumably the pertaining medical documents that would have accompanied her Florida application, because she was not asked to”.
Officials dispute Fox’s claim that his license to fight in his upcoming scheduled April 20 match in California has been approved:
“Fox claims her CSAC-issued combatant’s license was mailed to her approximately two weeks ago, after she’d spoken with a CSAC representative via phone and submitted an application packet containing the required medical paperwork, as well as a detailed history of her transgender-related surgeries.
CSAC Executive Officer Foster said the state agency had only mailed Fox a receipt for the initial $60 application — the standard procedure for all athletes who file for licensure consideration. In addition, Foster said that Fox also applied for a national identification card with his office and that approval was also still pending. The card is a second requirement of athletes wishing to compete within most North American jurisdictions, as it connects the fighter’s records to a central database those commissions can collectively review. Fox stated she’d been granted the card in Florida. However, the DBPR said this second application was still pending.
“I think it’s imperative to remember that the Florida commission allowed this fight, not the California commission,” said Foster. “California merely received and is processing the application. We’re working on the necessary medical reviews. We simply have an application.”
Fox claims to have undergone some sort of transgender-related surgical procedure in 2006 and made his professional fighting debut against women athletes last year at the age of 37:
“For her pro debut in May 2012, Fox fought in Idaho for the King of the Cage promotion, which franchises its brand worldwide to multiple, non-affiliated promoters at any given time. Fox said the bout, which she won by first-round stoppage, took place on sovereign land, which is exempt from state oversight. Fox said she was only required to submit bloodwork and take a pregnancy test, and was unsure if she’d done so under the promotion itself or an overseeing body assigned by the Coeur D’Alene Native American Tribe. Fox’s three previous amateur bouts, all won by first-round submission, were held in Illinois, where she is a resident.”
An article on OutSports tells a confusing story about how his father somehow forced him- at the age of 27, to enter an anti-gay conversion therapy program:
“Ten years ago, Fox told her parents that she felt like she was born in the wrong body. Her mother rejected the news. Her father told her she was actually a confused gay man. Fox insisted that she wasn’t gay, and that she was mostly attracted to other women. Her father was unrelenting and put her in gay-conversion therapy. There she was treated by a gay-conversion therapist who tried to convince Fox that she was a gay man so that he could turn her into a straight man.”
OutSports has announced their intention to film a documentary about Fox, who they refer to as a “Female MMA Fighter”. If Fox was actually female, would they be rushing to create a documentary? Here is a preview: