No matter how “woke” this country gets it should be understood that men should not hit on women, even if the man no longer identifies as a man. McLaughlin, a former Special Forces trained soldier, decided he was female after his stint in the army, and after he made some transitions decided to become a female MMA fighter. He had a bout recently and as you may guess he was victorious.
“A 38-year-old former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces who began transitioning (male to female) in 2010, Alana McLaughlin made his MMA debut Friday night against Celine Provost at Combate Global’s latest event. As a transgender athlete in mixed martial arts, McLaughlin is a rare case. McLaughlin said prior to the bout that his was attempting to pick up the mantle that Fallon Fox put down.”
“The first round was a rough one for McLaughlin, as Provost rocked his multiple times and seemed on the verge of getting a finish. However, McLaughlin would survive and in round two would secure an amazing comeback finish, as he would take down Provost and get the rear-naked-choke finish at 3:32 of the second frame. That moved McLaughlin to 1-0 in his MMA career.”
“McLaughlin, 38, passed all the medicals, including a hormone panel, issued by the Florida State Boxing Commission in order to compete Friday night, according to Combate Global executive Mike Afromowitz. McLaughlin has been training at MMA Masters in the Miami area.
It was not easy for Combate to find him a foe, he said.
“It was a nightmare trying to find an opponent,” McLaughlin said before the bout. “I have nothing but respect for [Provost].”
McLaughlin is hoping to be a pioneer for transgender athletes in combat sports, saying he wants to “open the door” and “make space” for others like him.”
Celine Provost is definitely a tough lady to take on someone who was not only previously special forces, and a weightlifter, but also a man. But really McLaughlin is out of line, he shouldn’t be fighting any women even when it is sanctioned event.