Transgender mixed martial arts fighter Alana McLaughlin made a successful start to
her career by choking out her opponent in the second round last night.
The 38-year-old used a rear-naked choke against Celine Provost to end the match
3 minutes, 32 seconds into the second round.
McLaughlin, who began her gender transition after leaving the U.S. Army Special
Forces in 2010, said she hopes to be a pioneer for transgender athletes in combat
“I want to pick up the mantle that Fallon put down,” McLaughlin told
Outsports before the fight, referring to Fallon Fox, who in 2012 became the first
transgender woman to fight in MMA. “Right now, 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.”
Fox, 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 had passed a battery of medical tests before the fight, including hormone
assessments, but feared her chance to compete had gone when Provost tested
positive for Covid-19 in July, resulting in the postponing of their original August 6