Alana McLaughlin (Alana McLaughlin) is the second transgender woman in the United States to openly participate in MMA competition. She made her debut in the preliminaries of the global battle in Miami, Florida on Friday night.
The 38-year-old used a back choke to end the game against Celine Provost at 3:32 in the second round.
McLaughlin began her gender transition after leaving the US Army Special Forces in 2010. She said that she hopes to be a pioneer of transgender athletes in combat sports.
“I want to take back the cape that Fallon left behind,” McLaughlin told Outsports before the game, referring to Fallon Fox, who became the first transgender woman to participate in a mixed martial arts competition in 2012. “Now, I’m following in the footsteps from Fallon. I just took another step down the road. I hope more people can follow me. “
The last time Fox, who was sitting by the cage on Friday, participated in the competition was in 2014. Four years later, Patricio Manuel defeated Hugo Aguilar by unanimous decision and became the first transgender person to participate in a match. American professional boxing.
According to ESPN, McLaughlin began training a year ago and was approved by the Florida Boxing Commission to participate in the competition after testing her hormone levels.
She said it was a “nightmare” to find an opponent.
“I just respect [Provost],” McLaughlin said.
The match was originally scheduled for Aug. 6, but was postponed after the 35-year-old boxer and the veteran dean of mixed martial arts tested positive for the coronavirus.
Before McLaughlin was among the best, Dean made several shots in the first round.
When she was announced as the winner, McLaughlin was wearing an “End Trans Genocide” t-shirt.