Fallon Fox Argues In Favor Of Transgender Athletes, Attempts To Debunk Claims

Fallon FoxFormer transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox is looking to continue the conversation regarding transgenders competing against cisgender individuals. Fox hasn’t competed in MMA since winning against Tamikka Brents in 2014 in CCCW. Before that, she had competed in KOTC and CFA against the likes of Ashlee Evans-Smith and Ericka Newsome. Now a retired athlete, Fox […]

Fallon Fox

Former transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox is looking to continue the conversation regarding transgenders competing against cisgender individuals.

Fox hasn’t competed in MMA since winning against Tamikka Brents in 2014 in CCCW. Before that, she had competed in KOTC and CFA against the likes of Ashlee Evans-Smith and Ericka Newsome.

Now a retired athlete, Fox is spending her time as an activist on a variety of LGBTQ issues, including transgenders in sports. This comes after Alana McLaughlin made her MMA debut recently and won in dominant fashion, despite being born a biological male.

During a recent thread on her Twitter page, Fox shared data that could arguably support her position on transgenders in sports.

“Don’t come at me with ‘trans women have an advantage over cis women with endurance’ ever again,” Fox said. “Trans athlete Isaac Henig is a trans man who has never been on HRT (testosterone), & he just beat trans woman Lia Thomas who has been on HRT for over 2yrs. Also, some cisgender women had faster times than Lia Thomas this time around.”

Fallon Fox Has Been Considered One Of The Centerpieces Of The Transgender Athlete Discussion

Fox first rose to prominence in 2014 when former bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey and UFC commentator Joe Rogan were a few big names to criticize her. She’s also taken aim at politicians for policies she and others view as transphobic.

It’s unclear if transgender athletes will be able to compete in larger MMA promotions down the line, but Fox and others are keen on bringing the fight forward.

Do you think transgender athletes should compete in MMA?

Alana McLaughlin Denies Transitioning ‘Just To Fight Women’

Transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin has responded to frequent accusations that she transitioned from male to female just so she could fight women in MMA.

Alana McLaughlin made her MMA debut in September at Combate Global: Perez vs. Roa, picking up…

Alana McLaughlin

Transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin has responded to frequent accusations that she transitioned from male to female just so she could fight women in MMA.

Alana McLaughlin made her MMA debut in September at Combate Global: Perez vs. Roa, picking up a comeback victory over fellow debutante Celine Provost of France. McLaughlin was able to secure the rear-naked choke victory in the second round to pick up the first win of her controversial career.

The topic of trans-athletes competing against cisfemale athletes has been a controversial subject in recent years, but perhaps none more so than in MMA, where there is full-on hand-to-hand combat taking place.

Among the first to tackle this subject in the mainstream MMA community was the always-unfiltered Sean Strickland. Soon after, several other fighters voiced their stance against transgender athletes being allowed to compete in women’s MMA, including Michael Bisping, Sean O’Malley, and Demian Maia.

For McLaughlin’s part, she shared that she has received death threats since her debut but vowed not to address her detractors ever again after an initial Instagram post defending her participation in bouts against cisfemale opponents.

Recently, she would again address them, however, specifically responding to those who accuse her of transitioning only so that she could beat up women legally and easily.

“Transphobes claim I transitioned specifically to fight women because I couldn’t beat men as if my previous job wasn’t fighting a real actual war and ending human lives. If I had been able to keep pretending to be a man I’d have started fighting MMA in 2010,” McLaughlin wrote.

“As if I haven’t been fighting men without the safety of gloves and referees and doctors my whole life. As if I haven’t been shot, stabbed, blown up, and worse. Having a dick doesn’t make someone strong, and women, both cis and trans, are stronger than we’re given credit for,” she continued.

McLaughlin is referring to her time as a member of the US Army Special Forces from 2004-2010. She is currently 38 years of age and remains 1-0 as an MMA pro. There is currently no word on when “Lady Feral” will compete again or who will be her next opponent.

What do you make of Alana McLaughlin’s response to the accusations made by her detractors?

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Alana McLaughlin Addresses People Who Think She Transitioned To Fight Women

Alana McLaughlinFormer US special forces member turned professional mixed martial artist, Alana McLaughlin has denied recent claims and refuted criticism regarding her transition to become a female to compete in professional mixed martial arts, denying she only transitioned in order to compete against other female competitors. McLaughlin, who made her mixed martial arts debut back in […]

Alana McLaughlin

Former US special forces member turned professional mixed martial artist, Alana McLaughlin has denied recent claims and refuted criticism regarding her transition to become a female to compete in professional mixed martial arts, denying she only transitioned in order to compete against other female competitors.

McLaughlin, who made her mixed martial arts debut back in September, stopped Celine Provost in the second round of their bout with a rear-naked choke.

However, following her victory, McLaughlin received criticism, most notably from the #12 ranked UFC bantamweight contender, Sean O’Malley, who claimed that it was wrong for McLaughlin to compete in professional mixed martial arts.

I just don’t think that’s okay in just competing in sports, I mean, especially mixed martial arts,” O’Malley said on his podcast. “It’s like she (Alana McLaughlin) had testosterone for, who knows, 20 or 30 years of her life and now is a girl. You could tell that’s a dude. A jacked girl. I mean, look at those arms. If you have the body of a man, competing against girls or women, in a sport that you’re literally using your body to beat someone unconscious, has to be one of those things that you have to sacrifice.

If you want to play volleyball, soccer, be my guest,” O’Malley continued. “But in a sport that you beat someone into unconsciousness or submission, that shouldn’t be allowed. It’s dangerous to women. It’s unfair.

Alana McLaughlin denies claims she transitioned in order to fight female competition

Reacting to recent claims, McLaughlin denied that she had only transitioned in a bid to compete against female competition.

Transphobes claim I transitioned specifically to fight women because I couldn’t beat men as if my previous job wasn’t fighting a real actual war and ending human lives,” Alana McLaughlin tweeted. “If I had been able to keep pretending to be a man I’d have started fighting MMA In 2010.

As if I haven’t been fighting men without the safety of gloves and referees and doctors my whole life,” Alana McLaughlin continued. “As if I haven’t been shot, stabbed, blown up, and worse. Having a d*ck doesn’t make someone strong, and women, both cis and trans, are stronger than we’re given credit for.

McLaughlin’s professional mixed martial arts debut came back in September of this year against the aforenoted, Provost, taking place under the Campbell McLaren led, Combate Global banner.

Alana McLaughlin Aims At Right-Wing Politicians For Anti-Trans Legislation

First, there was Fallon Fox, then Alana McLaughlin entered into the picture as the second open trans fighter competing in MMA.

Their fateful journeys have not been met without sacrifice and controversy. The 38-year-old McLaughlin who made her trans…

Alana McLaughlin

First, there was Fallon Fox, then Alana McLaughlin entered into the picture as the second open trans fighter competing in MMA.

Their fateful journeys have not been met without sacrifice and controversy. The 38-year-old McLaughlin who made her transition from male to female is taking issue with some recent legislation that was signed into Texas law.

The U.S. state of Texas effectively banned trans women from competing in girls’ athletics in public school settings. While the bill was signed by Texan Governor Greg Abbott, the fulfillment of its obligations will take place starting Jan. 18 of 2022.

Within the details of the new law, it adds that only original birth certificates will be accepted. While some in the trans communities have proceeded to amend their birth certificate to reflect the gender they identify with, those certificates will not be admitted under the lew legislation.

Of course, for Alana McLaughlin, the news is perhaps obstructing her overall goal of helping the trans community. However, when it comes to courage, McLaughlin has already shown as much by fighting as the second-only, openly trans woman in a male-dominated sport like MMA.

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After hearing of the new law in Texas enacted by Governor Greg Abbott, Alana McLaughlin, who has been an unlikely crusader for LGBT in sports, briefly mentioned how the law falls short.

“They are using transgender children as scapegoat and compromising their health and safety to score political points with their party and their constituents. Alana McLaughlin told The Guardian.

“Trans kids deserve equal access to sports. Trans people deserve equal access to public life. McLaughlin wrote.

It appears Alana McLaughlin believes that trans kids are being used as political footballs to grandstand and appease constituents. McLaughlin’s passion for social issues continues to draw headlines and touches on a perceived divide present in the United States.

“We deserve love and safety and inclusion, and make no mistake: we will win this fight, and history will not remember dinosaurs like Abbott and DeSantis kindly.” McLaughlin concluded.

The open trans fighter made her successful MMA debut in Sept. Alana McLaughlin fought through adversity in her debut performance, and earned a rear-naked choke victory in round two. Following the emphatic win, “Lady Feral” received a barrel of death threats. As her foray into MMA continues, Alana McLaughlin is starting to shift societal focus on issues important to her identity as a trans woman.

What is your opinion on trans women being able to compete in female sports?

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Alana McGlaughlin Slams Texas For Transgender Sports Bill

Alana McGlaughlinAlana McGlaughlin claims that trans people are “underrepresented in sports” and that seems unlikely to change after the American State of Texas introduced a bill that banned trans girls from competing in female sports in schools. Texas Governor Greg Abbott made headlines last month when he signed bill TX HB 25. The bill will take […]

Alana McGlaughlin

Alana McGlaughlin claims that trans people are “underrepresented in sports” and that seems unlikely to change after the American State of Texas introduced a bill that banned trans girls from competing in female sports in schools.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott made headlines last month when he signed bill TX HB 25. The bill will take effect from 18th January 2022 and will see Texas join the likes of Idaho West Virginia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Florida, Montana, Alabama, Arkansas and South Dakota in banning trans girls from competing in female sports.

Trans MMA fighter Alana McGlaughlin believes history will not remember kindly those who are currently introducing laws that further marginalize trans people.

“The intentions of right-wing politicians like Abbott and DeSantis are clear,” McGlaughlin wrote in The Guardian. “They are using transgender children as scapegoat and compromising their health and safety to score political points with their party and their constituents.

“Trans kids deserve equal access to sports,” McGlaughlin added. “Trans people deserve equal access to public life. We deserve love and safety and inclusion, and make no mistake: we will win this fight, and history will not remember dinosaurs like Abbott and DeSantis kindly.”

McGlaughlin claims that trans people are underrepresented in sports.

“This exclusionary and inflammatory rhetoric should be unacceptable in the halls of government and the pages of public media, but the political right perceives transgender people as an easy target,” McGlaughlin wrote.

“The fact is that we are statistically underrepresented in sports. There is no widespread transgender dominance in any sport anywhere in the world.”

Who is Alana McGlaughlin?

The 38-year-old came to prominence when she picked up a win in her MMA debut at Combate in September. McLaughlin survived being badly rocked in the first round before coming on strong in the second to secure a submission win over Celine Provost. McLaughlin’s debut was highlighted in the media because she is the first transgender person to compete in MMA since Fallon Fox last fought in 2014.

McLaughlin came out as transgender in 2003, aged 20, but she was denied gender reassignment surgery by her mother and subsequently joined the army, serving in Afghanistan. She was later diagnosed with PTSD, before undergoing gender reassignment surgery in 2016.

McGlaughlin hasn’t exactly been welcomed with open arms by the MMA community. The 1-0 fighter has been called a cheat by people she believes are “transphobes.” Sean Strickland, Michael Bisping, Sean O’Malley and Jake Shields are just some of the prominent figures to speak out against trans women competing against cisgender women since McGlaughlin’s MMA debut.

Do you agree with Alana McGlaughlin? Are trans people underrepresented in sports?

Alana McLaughlin Says She’s Received Death Threats On Social Media

Following the successful MMA debut of Alana McLaughlin, the openly transgender fighter has admitted she is receiving death threats in the wake of her victory. Featured on Combate Global on Sept. 9, McLaughlin, a former U.S. Special Services member, made her debut against fellow newcomer Celine Provost. The fight lasted two rounds. After finishing the […]

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Following the successful MMA debut of Alana McLaughlin, the openly transgender fighter has admitted she is receiving death threats in the wake of her victory.

Featured on Combate Global on Sept. 9, McLaughlin, a former U.S. Special Services member, made her debut against fellow newcomer Celine Provost. The fight lasted two rounds. After finishing the contest with a rear-naked choke victory, McLaughlin’s hand was raised, but little did she know how the world would react to her seemingly controversial performance.

To give folks an idea of how trans people are treated on social media: I just had a 2-year-old Instagram pic taken down for “inciting violence” because I captioned it “come at me bro” while I was receiving thousands of death threats that “don’t violate community standards” “No appeal possible, of course.” McLaughlin posted on Twitter.

Apparently, the trans fighter is receiving unfair treatment on social media. It is not 100% clear if the death threats began before or after her controversial MMA debut. Nonetheless, the 1-0 fighter has admitted to receiving thousands of death threats at some point. McLaughlin also shared that images from her past with dubious captions are being flagged for “inciting violence” on her social media platforms.

The performance has indeed drawn criticism, as well as former and current UFC fighters who took issue with McLaughlin’s presence in MMA. In fact, UFC middleweight Sean Strickland blasted McLaughlin and her transition and went so far as to say, “get out of women’s MMA, coward”. In addition, former UFC fighter Jake Shields and rising star “Suga” Sean O’Malley also made their reactions public.

It appears McLaughlin is taking the negative attention in stride for the most part, but death threats should be taken seriously. In the coming days, if the threats worsen, MMA News will keep you up to date on the story.

What do you make of Alana McLaughlin’s presence in MMA?

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