Transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin wins MMA debut

The 38-year-old used a rear-naked choke against Celine Provost to end the match 3 分钟, 32 seconds into the second round.

麦克劳克林, who began her gender transition after leaving the 我们. Army Special Forces 在 2010, said she hopes to be a pioneer for transgender athletes in combat 体育.

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I want to pick up the mantle that Fallon put down,” McLaughlin told Outsports before the fight, referring to Fallon Fox, 谁在 2012 became the first transgender woman to fight in MMA. “马上, I’m following in Fallon’s footsteps. I’m just another step along the way and it’s my great hope that there are more to follow behind me.

狐狸, who sat cageside Friday, last fought in 2014. Four years later, Patricio Manuel became the first transgender male to compete in a pro boxing match in the United States when he beat Hugo Aguilar via unanimous decision.

McLaughlin began training a year ago and was cleared to fight by the 佛罗里达 State Boxing Commission after having her hormone levels tested, 根据ESPN.

She said it was anightmarefinding an opponent.

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I have nothing but respect for [Provost],” McLaughlin said.

The fight was originally scheduled for Aug. 6 but was postponed after Provost, a 35-year-old boxing and MMA veteran, tested positive for the 新冠病毒.

Provost landed multiple punches in the first round before McLaughlin came out on top.

As she was declared the victor, McLaughlin wore a shirt with the phrase, “End Trans Genocide.

Her debut comes as multiple states argue bills aimed at restricting transgender athletes from participating in youth, high school, and college sports.

If we want to see more trans athletes, if we want to see more opportunities for trans kids, we’re going to have to work out way into those spaces and make it happen,” McLaughlin told Outsports. “It’s time for trans folks to be in sports and be more normalized.

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