Trans MMA Fighter Hits Back At Trolls After Winning Debut Fight

Trans MMA fighter Alana McLaughlin has hit back at trolls after winning her debut fight. 
Credit: @lady_feral/Instagram

Trans MMA fighter Alana McLaughlin has hit back at trolls after winning her debut fight. 

The 32-year-old, who reportedly began transitioning back in 2010, beat France’s Céline Provost on September 10, reports ESPN.

After being declared the winner, McLaughlin took to Instagram and revealed that ‘transphobes’ are making her even more determined to be a winner.

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Alongside a photo of her bruises from the match, she penned: “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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Alana McLaughlin
The trans-MMA fighter has hit out at the ‘transphobes’ on social media. Credit: @lady_feral/Instagram

Prior to the fight, McLaughlin revealed to The Guardian that she wasn’t too concerned about coming up against Provost.

She simply stated: “We need to show that MMA is an inclusive sport.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the MMA fighter also claimed she grew up in a very strict, religious family, which made life extremely difficult.

She recalled a conversation she had over the phone with her mother back in 2003, after having spent time at conversion therapy.

In the chat, McLaughlin said: “Maybe I should just go get myself killed at war.”

She claimed her mum replied: “Maybe you should.”

Reportedly, she never spoke to her mother again and, in the same year, she ended up joining the military. Eventually, she became a special forces medical sergeant.

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Written by Aimee Walker

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