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Transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin has called out a Twitter user who attacked her on social media after spreading false information about her controversial MMA debut.
The 38-year-old American, who was born a man and now identifies as a woman, beat Celine Provost in the second round with a rear-naked choke at Combate Global: Perez vs Roa.
McLaughlin’s debut win in MMA has sparked widespread backlash over the transgender fighter’s involvement in the sport.
UFC legend Michael Bisping insisted that it is “unfair to women's MMA” that the former US Army Special Forces soldier has been allowed to compete.
Ex-UFC star Jake Shields went one step further than Bisping by arguing it was “insane” that a fight event or commission allowed a trans person to fight a woman.
McLaughlin was eligible to compete at Combate Global after the Florida State Boxing Commission confirmed that she passed all her medicals.
Now, one Twitter user falsely suggested that McLaughlin was Provost in a photo as they launched a scathing attack on the trans MMA fighter.
“The transgender is like six feet tall and completely towers over the normal woman. What the f**k has MMA become,” reads the now-deleted tweet.
The Twitter user, whose account has been suspended, tagged McLaughlin in the tweet.
McLaughlin responded to the tweet by correcting the Twitter user and accused them of sending her a “super racist caricature” on the social media platform.
“You know I’m the short one, right? Also, what’s with the super racist caricature you tweeted at me earlier? Jw [sic],” she responded.
You know I'm the short one, right? Also, what's with the super racist caricature you tweeted at me earlier? jw.— Alana McLaughlin🏳️⚧️ (@AlanaFeral) September 15, 2021
McLaughlin, who was born in South Carolina, became the second openly transgender woman to compete in MMA after Fallon Fox, who was cageside for her win over Provost.
The MMA fighter broke her silence on social media after the Provost fight to call out the “transphobes” and those who have sent “nasty messages calling me a cheater.”
McLaughlin underwent her training in MMA Masters in the Miami area and has a 1-0 MMA record.