UFC Bantamweight superstar Sean O’Malley has shared his thought on the latest buzz around the transgender MMA fighter Alana McLaughlin. Alana is the second openly transgender MMA fighter in sports. She made her pro debut against Celine Provost via submission on the Combate Global prelims in Miami. She is also a former member of the U.S. Army Special Forces. In her debut fight, she had to face some adversity in the early round but she took her opponent to the ground and was able to work her way to the back and sink in a rear-naked choke to earn the second-round submission. But according to Sean O’Malley, she is too jacked to compete in the women’s division.
Sean O’Malley talked about Alana on his podcast and did some criticizing for her to compete in the women’s division.
“I don’t think that’s okay. I just don’t think that’s okay… in just competing in sports, I mean, especially mixed,” O’Malley on his YouTube channel .”It’s like she had testosterone for, who knows, 20, 30 years of her life and now I’m a girl.
“And look at that, you could tell that’s a dude. A jacked girl. I mean, look at those arms.”
Sean O’Malley wasn’t the only one to make comments on Alana. UFC middleweight contender Sean Strickland also shared his thoughts on a transgender competing in Women’s MMA.
“Change your name, call yourself a woman…but you’re still a f****** man. Get out of women’s MMA coward. This is why the athletic commission is useless,” Strickland posted on Instagram.
“I consider myself a classical feminist. If your religion or government has an unequal standard for women, then I’m not with it, testicles at birth man.”
Alana McLaughlin after her debut win addressed her fans and critics.
“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. Y’all need to show @cylinelagrande 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.”
She also stated that she wants to normalize transgenders into MMA.
“The fact of the matter is I’m at the beginning and 38,” McLaughlin said when speaking with The Guardian. “I want to go as far as I can, but I really want to help normalize trans people in sports. This (fight) will start my contribution.”
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