Transgender MMA fighter Alana McLaughlin responded to the “nasty messages” she received after she won against Celine Provost.
38 years old McLaughlin won her first fight against her French opponent on the Combat Global card via second-round submission in Miami.
However, her efforts didn’t convince everybody, with allegations overflowing that Provost took a “dive” prior to being placed in hold. This was in spite of the 35-year-old seeming to take the first-round subsequent to alarming McLaughlin early on.
Moreover, people went on social media to label the American a “cheater”, questioning her transgender status made it an out-of-line challenge.
McLaughlin, who faced rejections from so many gyms before MMA Masters in Florida acknowledged her membership this year and went on Instagram to respond.
In a post, she composed: “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.
She added: “Y’all need to show Celine 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.”
McLaughlin was in the US Army for almost 6 years, prior to leaving in 2010, and was diagnosed to have PTSD after the posting in Afghanistan, going through ‘sex reassignment surgery in 2016.
Several people reacted to this post and gave remarks:
One said: I love you and u have my support. Never give up. Your personality shines and glows with so much beauty
A second one added: was wondering and worried, but glad you’re ok for the most part. You got your first fight in the books. Onward and upward.
While a third one said: You fight like a girl and you look like one who did their best and engaged in healthy competition. Keep it up. You are goals.