It seems as though Championship Fighting Alliance (CFA) will continue with its plans to promote and include Fallon Fox in its women's Featherweight tournament even though the controversial transgender mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter is currently under investigation by Florida's Department of Business and Professional Regulation.
Fox, who was born a man, but now declares that she is "technically, legally, physically and mentally female," is penciled in to collide with Al-Lanna Jones at CFA 11, which is scheduled to take place at BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla., according to OutSports.com.
Jones defeated Kelsey Desantis via unanimous decision in the opening round of the 145-pound tournament at CFA 10 earlier this month, while Fox scored a 39-second knockout of Ericka Newsome on the same card.
Brett Atchley, Fox's manager, was unable to confirm the semifinal match up was official, however, he did say that his fighter will compete regardless of whether or not Jones signs on the dotted line.
"They're not going to have a problem finding an opponent. Somebody wants to be the one who beats Fallon Fox. And they'll see it as an opportunity to make more money. If Allana Jones doesn't fight, so what? Someone else will."
Of course, that would all hinge on the outcome of the ongoing investigation, one that will likely focus on her application to compete in the "Sunshine State."
Fox did not -- and was not asked to -- disclose her transgender history. However, she claimed she was licensed by the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC), when in reality, Fox was apparently sent a receipt that acknowledged her application was under review.
That could be a sticking point in the near future, but for now, the Florida regulatory body has neither suspended nor frozen Fox's fight license. And it's unclear at this time when it will conclude its investigation.
Meanwhile, CFA has already delayed its upcoming event by about one month as this unusual situation plays out. And unless Fox's application is flagged for having misinformation -- even though CSAC was never contacted by Florida authorities about the matter prior to issuing her a license in Florida -- or a hearing is set, there is no reason for the show not to go on.
On live television no less (the promoter, unsurprisingly, is seeking a broadcast deal). Where you at, Cyborg?