Transgender MMA fighter Alana McLaughlin hits back at ‘nasty’ critics, defends opponent she choked out
Transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin made her much-awaited MMA debut last Friday in Combate Global in Miami. She had a stunning maiden battle, finishing off her opponent, Celine Provost, in round two via a stunning chokehold.
It was a dominating performance for McLaughlin, who had to undergo several tests prior to the fight to make sure she had a suitable amount of hormones. While her win was impressive, the 38-year-old revealed she’s been getting “nasty messages” on social media, accusing her of getting an undue advantage because of her natural gender.
She recently addressed his critics on her Instagram account.
“Good morning, friends, supporters, and others! I’m getting a lot of variations of the same nasty messages calling me a cheater like I didn’t just get beat on for a round and a half. Y’all need to show @cylinelagrande some respect and take your concern trolling elsewhere. She almost finished me more than once, and on scorecards, she definitely won that first round. This is the only post I’ll make about this. Transphobes are just making my block hand stronger.🤷♀️”
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It was a total class act for McLaughlin, who’s a former member of the US Army Special Forces. Giving huge credit to Provost was definitely a remarkable move, while also empowering her fellow transgender athletes and women fighters in general.
Alana McLaughlin is only the second transgender fighter to compete in a professional MMA match since Fallon Fox first did it in 2014.