Fallon Fox, a transgender mixed martial artist, has been cleared to fight in Coral Gables next month. The 36-year-old Fox was born male, married his high school girlfriend after getting her pregnant, and served in the Navy. Fox underwent sexual reassignment surgery in 2006 before launching her recent MMA career.
That career, however, took a hit when Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) announced it was investigating Fox's fight license.
Although she's now cleared to kick ass at the BankUnited Center May 24, controversy still surrounds MMA's first transgender fighter.
Strangely, the DBPR investigation into Fox's license had nothing to do with her being transgender. The organization was looking into whether Fox knowingly lied when she claimed to have already been licensed in California when, in fact, her license was pending.
On Wednesday, DBPR dropped its investigation, clearing the way for the Coral Gables clash next month.
But Fox's Y chromosome is still causing controversy in the world of MMA. On March 2, Fox dropped female MMA fighter Ericka Newsome in just 39 seconds with a knee to the face.
Michael E. Miller was a staff writer at Miami New Times for five years. His work for New Times won many national awards, including back-to-back-to-back Sigma Delta Chi medallions. He now covers local enterprise for the Washington Post.