CFA Stands Up for Its Fighter, Fallon Fox, In Midst of Transgender Controversy

March 8, 2013
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Fallon FoxWhile the CFA was hoping to gain some exposure with this past weekend’s 145-pound women’s tournament opening round, the attention they ended up getting was not quite as they expected.

Around 48 hours after their March 2 event in Coral Gables, Fla., had concluded, the CFA was alerted that one of its female fighters, Fallon Fox, had previously been a man for 30 years of her life.

In the time since the news initially broke, CFA owner/promoter Jorge De La Noval has been besieged with questions about Fox and her participation in the event, and what it could mean for the future for not only her in the promotion, but the other women moving on to the second round, as well.

Fox won her tournament bout by first-round knockout, but has since come under scrutiny when the Florida State Boxing Commission opened an investigation upon finding out that the 37-year-old Fox used to be a man.

Speaking to, De La Noval shed some light on some of the pressing questions that surround him and his promotion in the wake of one of MMA’s most unique happenings. Jorge, probably the first question on everyone’s mind was, did you know that Fallon Fox was transgendered prior to her participation in the March 2 CFA show?

Jorge De La Noval: We didn’t know about the situation at all. We actually found out on (the following) Monday. The commission gave us a call on Monday morning and then I spoke to her around mid-day Monday and I spoke to her manager, so I knew before the press started posting articles and whatnot. Shortly after news broke regarding Fox, you said she had the full support of the CFA. Was there a lot going into that decision or did you know right away that is what you wanted for her?

Jorge De La Noval: That was an immediate reaction. We don’t hand out licenses, that’s a government body that does that, they give out licenses. She’s licensed as a female, on her driver’s license she’s a female, the government recognizes her as a female, so we recognize her as a female. As long as she has a license, we’re going to stand behind her.

We are not kicking her out of the tournament; that we are not going to do. We got a lot of calls saying that she should be fighting and giving all their opinions, and we’re not here to judge. We’re nobody to judge. She’s simply a female fighter and as long as she’s considered as such, she’s going to be part of the tournament. Should Fox be denied a license, do you know what you’ll do about her slot in the tournament?

Jorge De La Noval: Honestly, we’ll figure it out once we’ve gotten to that bridge. We haven’t had time to actually sit down and put that much thought into this whole thing. It’s been overwhelming, media has been calling, and it’s been crazy. We’re not used to this, not used to this media attention. It just kind of happened overnight, so we haven’t put that much thought into it to be honest with you. What about the other women in the tournament? What if they don’t want to fight Fox going forward?

Jorge De La Noval: It kind of hit everybody by surprise and I think most of the girls from the get-go were under the impression that it wasn’t fair and whatnot. Now I guess everyone’s more educated on the whole situation and understanding the hormone treatment and what she’s had to go through and why she’s considered a female.

The way I see it, she’s considered a female and she’s a female fighter and they’re going to have to take the fight. That’s their prerogative, that’s their decision, and they’re going to have to say why they’re not stepping up and taking that fight. I cannot make that decision for them, but if I were in that position I’d take it in a heartbeat because I would be fighting a very talented girl that would put me in the spotlight. Thanks for your time, Jorge, is there anything you’d like to say in closing?

Jorge De La Noval: We considered ourselves the company that was flying under the radar for a while. With this week, it’s been crazy and to be honest with you, it’s given us a lot of publicity. And I’m glad from the get-go we said (to Fallon) to not be afraid, that we’re not going to kick her out of the tournament, and we were going to stand behind her and see how this all plays out.

We’re postponing our April card and giving her enough time over the next couple weeks to hear whether she’s going to get a license soon or if she’s going to be licensed already.

When the managers and fighters started calling, I told them the same thing, she’s having issues right now with the license and we’re trying to figure that out over the coming weeks. If any of the other girls would have gotten hurt or cut or anything, I would have done the same thing for them. The girls should be supportive of what’s happening and understand the whole situation.

(Photo courtesy of Fallon Fox)

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  • Nicain

    There were a million other questions I would have liked answers too.

    Like for instance “You don’t feel that a woman fighter has the right to refuse a fight with a male fighter, even if that male fighter is recognized as a female due to being on the chopping block? If so, would you penalize them as the first person Fox fought was injured during the fight”

  • Milosc

    Hear that guys?

    Just throw on a wig… and you, too, can knock the f#ck out of chicks in cage fights

    Screw it: let’s just get a bottle of Nair, and T-A-K-E O-V-E-R the 2016 Olympics in women’s weightlifting. YOLO!

    • Maddawgmar

      Nice, Kenny Florian, you have another weight class to try. Florian v Cyborg Invicta 145 titls fight.

  • diazfan209

    Groundbreaking and interesting story. Great interview, too…. having said that, the immature person in me still can’t help but laugh about this situation

  • Kryptonitekid

    This is disgusting to the sport. And a real shame. TMZ has pics of him pre-op and he was a big dude. Not fair he has a license to beat up women now. Just disgusting.

  • Santz

    This is sad and pathetic! It is man and not a woman. It doesn’t matter how many surgeries or how much estrogen this freak takes…it will never be a woman and is completely unfair to any female competitors. What a horrible event to put the sport of MMA in tabloid controversy.

  • Maddawgmar

    Bottom line. This is a dude. You can’t alter your DNA. He still has a Y chromosome. This is not fair to ask a woman to fight a man.

  • bcoy

    I mean how stupid of a society have we become!??
    A man knocking women out is supposed to be mma fighting ???
    Just because this dude got an operation and hormones dies not change his muscle mass and body structure. A guy is beating up women and here you got an organization proud of it and acting like everyone’s stupidly going to treat it like were all just playing golf?? This can really hurt mma as a sport. I mean this guy is proud he’s knocking women out?? And this wannabe promoter is standing behind him?? This is getting sad how dumbed down our society is becoming.

    • tgally2011

      Hormones DO change muscle mass as well as body structure… educate yourself before you open your ignorant mouth

      • Jjk

        ignorant wow ! It was born a dude. Womans mma not Mutant mma!

        • XIRand0mHeroIX

          Jjk you are a moron

  • XIRand0mHeroIX

    Thanks for reminding me why I stopped reading the comments in this site… Everyone who has posted on this article so far is an uneducated, ignorant, closed minded meathead…

    • Milosc

      Digest the subtext, Dah’ling

      This is a matter of fair play. We don’t make distinctions between weight class and gender to be cute

      • XIRand0mHeroIX

        The weight and gender are exactly the same..maybe not at birth but they are recognized as such now. She is not at an advantage just because she used to have a dick. Do you honestly believe she is going to walk through every female mma fighter because she used to be a man? If she is being tested like every licensed fighter should be before fighting and her levels don’t look out of whack and her opponent has no problem accepting the fight then who are we to judge?

        • rUbEn

          Dude those trannys r strong as fk… I don’t care how girly they look.. Guys usually r faster, stronger and have better reflexes than women… If I chopped off my junk and fought women I’d run through those bishes like fish through water.

          • XIRand0mHeroIX

            That’s the most ridiculous thing said regarding this story yet…

          • Armond Harris

            How do you know trannys are strong? personal experience?

          • rUbEn

            They’re fkn dudes… I saw one kick a guys ass in south America… I don’t see girls beating guys down like that “chick” did… The guy did deserve his a$$ whooping though…. But I like how u tried to flip that 😉 haha

    • Ron Wheeler

      You’re the one throwing insults because you disagree.

    • jeremy

      are you a man who wants to chop his penis off and take hormones to look like a woman?

      • XIRand0mHeroIX


        • rUbEn

          I kneeew it lol

  • uncle

    Fallon should fight Cyborg so let the best man win

    • justin_e

      The best part would be the two of them calling.each other cheaters.

  • Ron Wheeler

    Put it this way. Would they allow a female fighter who was known for taking high levels of testosterone for 20 years?

    • XIRand0mHeroIX

      If he tested normal at the appropriate times I bet they would

  • justin_e

    I hope sherdog gets interviews with the first two girls he knocked out in 2:30 combined. No need to be disrespectful about the situation though. If a dude wants to undergo that surgery and hormone therapy, I dont care. But they shouldnt be alloed to fight women, and he sure as hell should have disclosed this ahead of time. Dana better prepare a speach. I see him getting in trouble on this one.

  • GoNoles

    this nut case went and turn himself into a female and turns around and dates a female? i hope they kick this idiot out of the sport

  • Dan

    You’re a fool if you think this person is the equivalent of a natural born woman. Take the transgender female basketball player as an example – it is 50 years old…does anybody believe that any 50 year old natural born woman could grow to be 6’8″ and 220 lbs and play college basketball competitively against 18-22 year olds? Or take the transgender long drive competitor that that lived 40+ years as a man that in adulthood was a 240 lb police officer and made the finals in the world long drive championship – it was 57 years old and made the finals in the open division…do you really believe that a natural born 57 year old woman could compete against women aged 18-35? Show me the examples of other 50 year old, 6’8″, 220 lb women able to compete with 18-22 year olds…or the examples of competitive female golfers at 57 years old competing against women half their age…you cannot, which illustrates that there is a HUGE athletic benefit to having gone through puberty, young adulthood, and adulthood as a man.

  • rapidfire

    i’ve been saying this for quite some time.
    who cares.
    i’m tired of people bitch and moan about equal rights for this and all that.
    let this tranny fight in women league and fight ronda.
    this is what they LGBT or other equal rights have been asking.equal this equal that.let them have it and see a bunch of women get mauled. in the end they asked for it.

  • El Gvapo

    I’m keeping an open mind on this one, although I do feel that a transgender cannot truly be considered a woman and I do feel that, regardless of how many ops or hormone therapies the person goes through, they are still not 100% woman. The way I look at it is, if you were dating Fallon Fox and she said “I used to be a man, wanna f*ck?” would you:-

    A) say no way and run a mile?
    B) say yes no problem, you’re all woman to me?

    I think the majority of people would say A and thus I believe the same should apply to fighting.

    • El Gvapo

      I’m also aware that there’s an option C: “yes I’m into that freaky sh*t”. Those people would probably enjoy the freak show aspect of seeing a tranny batter another woman.

  • RP

    how come he got a liscence with his gender as a female in the first place.. That’s b*******!

  • equal rights baby

    equal rights I guess, I love it when things like equal rights comes back and bits people in the A##. Equal rights for all GLTB people hahahahaha I hope this shemale beats down all the woman in the mma. This is funny

  • Phallic Box

    If she had a penis til he was 30yrs old…then she also had the testosterone levels, natural HGH levels and the growth spurts OF A MAN, her whole life. This is the equivalent of a woman juicing for 20yrs of her life….graciously minus 10yrs for childhood. This can not be deserving of a license or deemed natural, no matter how you slice it.

  • Hilda Whitby

    Of COURSE men can beat up women. Why are we even SURPRISED?

  • The_Commentator

    …. But she’s a man………

  • A discerning Mind

    No operations ,pills or choose can change the bone structure. Which is the foundation of 1’s strength and power.