UFC BLASTS’s Michael Bisping, Transgender Fighter Alana McLaughlin
Michael Bisping, never short of opinion, was quick to speak out on trans fighter Alana McLaughlin’s problem. Speaking on the Podcast Believe Me, Bisping said the fighter’s presence in the women’s division “unfair to women’s MMA,” stressing that he has no problem with trans rights, but draws the line in combat sports in particular.
âI’m not here to talk about transgender rights, you can identify yourself as whatever you want. But I believe that if you are a woman who feels trapped in a man’s body, there are certain perks that you should have in giving up.
Bisping blows up transgender fighter Alana McLaughlin
If you’ve got the body of a man, whether you’re going up against girls or women, when you use your body to beat someone unconscious, that has to be one of those things you sacrifice.
If you want to play volleyball, soccer, be my guest. But in a sport where you beat someone to submission or unconsciousness, that shouldn’t be allowed. It’s unfair to women’s MMA.
The presence of trans athletes in women’s sport continues to be controversial. Bisping is just one of many voices criticizing McLaughlin, a trans woman, for fighting against women. McLaughlin recently subdued Celine Provost via a vicious rear choke in the second round.
UFC fighter Jake Shields took to Twitter to express his contempt for the fight, posting photos of a pre-transition McLaughlin. The caption says:
“She’s the” woman “mma fighter they just allowed to beat a girl in Florida So brave of” her “to make the transition and then live” her “dream of beating women”
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UFC bantamweight sensation Sean O’Malley also weighed in on the issue on his Youtube channel, saying:
âI don’t think that’s okay. I just don’t think that’s rightâ¦ in simple athletic competition, I mean, particularly mixed. It’s like she’s had testosterone for, who knows, 20, 30 years of her life and now I’m a girl. And look at that, you could tell he’s a dude. A jerk off girl. I mean, look at those arms.
McLaughlin served in the US Special Forces as a medical sergeant before the transition, part of an “elite team of 12 men”. In order to compete in the women’s mixed martial arts, McLaughlin had to pass rigorous hormonal tests.
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