Transgender MMA fighter Alana McLaughlin made headlines after making her successful debut against Celine Provost in Professional Women’s MMA at Combate Global on September 10 in Miami, Florida.
McLaughlin has drawn backlash as many fans and fighters believe that biological men should not be allowed to compete in women’s sports, especially in a sport as violent as cage fighting. There were also a few who celebrated his victory, including Fallon Fox, another trans MMA fighter.
McLaughlin’s successful debut put her in the spotlight last week. Moments after his submission won, photos of McLaughlin before and after the transition circulated online.
The before and after photos of Alana McLaughlin
Alana McLaughlin has previously posted side-by-side photos of her current image and one before the transition. On Instagram, the 38-year-old shared the photos to celebrate trans visibility day.
However, some have also posted before and after photos of McLaughlin to show how imposing she looked before her transition. Former UFC title challenger Jake Shields is one of them. He posted pictures of McLaughlin’s current form and another from his time as a member of the US Army Special Forces.
Obviously, McLaughlin’s physique has changed dramatically since his days in the military. Transgender athletes must undergo a year of low testosterone levels before they are allowed to participate in women’s sports.
The main function of the procedure is to eliminate the natural advantages that biological males have over biological females. However, a Study 2021 found that trans women still retain their benefits despite a year of testosterone reduction. For this reason, trans women competing in women’s sports remain a controversial topic today.
UFC stars frown on Alana McLaughlin’s women’s MMA career
UFC contestant Sean Strickland spoke about Alana McLaughlin’s debut in MMA. The No.7-ranked middleweight called McLaughlin a “coward” and said she should quit women’s MMA. Meanwhile, Jake Shields has suggested that organizations and state commissions ban female transgender fighters from participating in female fights.
Former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey also challenged Fallon Fox, the first openly trans athlete to compete in MMA. According to the MMA megastar, biological men have unfair advantages over female fighters.