MMA star attempts to misgender trans fighter but it embarrassingly backfires on him
On Friday night, transgender MMA fighter Alana McLaughlin triumphed on her debut against Celine Provost after McLaughlin rear-naked choked her opponent 3 minutes 32 seconds into the second round.
Jake Shields took to Twitter with a string of controversial tweets in an attempt to misgender and demean well-deserved winner McLaughlin.
‘This is the “woman” MMA fighter that they just allowed to beat up a girl in Florida’ Shields tweeted.
‘So brave of “her” to transition, then live “her” dream of beating up women’.
This is the “women” mma fighter that they just allowed to beat up a girl in Florida— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) September 11, 2021
So brave of “her” to transition then live “her” dream of beating up women pic.twitter.com/3B7AbsbgWM
Fallon Fox, the first transgender woman to fight in MMA, was cage-side cheering on McLaughlin.
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Following the fight, Fox congratulated McLaughlin’s triumph in a tweet which read: ‘Aaaaaaaaand here with the winner of tonight’s fight, by rear-naked choke, @AlanaFeral!!! #TeamTrans #TransAthletes’.
Again, Shield’s weighed in by saying, ‘Heres two trans “women” celebrating because they’ve both beaten up real girls.’
He continued to call the dynamic ‘sick’ and ‘perverse’ and said it ‘will only get worse if we sit back as a society and pretend it’s okay’.
Waking up and seeing Dozens of messages of hate mail I can see I was wrong and apologize to the trans community— Jake Shields (@jakeshieldsajj) September 12, 2021
Alana McLaughlin is clearly a real beautiful,brave and talented women and I wish her well beating up girls in Womens MMA pic.twitter.com/yfQySsUzxJ
Unfortunately for Shields, his monotonous tweets embarrassingly backfired as McLaughlin clapped back.
‘Lol Jake has a crush’, she tweeted. ‘Sorry sweetie, you started off on the wrong foot.’
Lol Jake has a crush— Alana McLaughlin🏳️⚧️ (@AlanaFeral) September 13, 2021
Sorry sweetie, you started off on the wrong foot. https://t.co/eeit5z5bit
Twitter users were quick to back McLaughlin and correct his controversial outbursts.
One called out his ridiculous tweets as a veil to hide that he is ‘irrationally disgusted by trans women.’
I like the part where you used words like "women" and "girl" in place of "professional MMA fighter who consented to the match with prior knowledge of the event and opponent"— BSc in Burger Sciences From Smoky Mo's Bar & Grill (@_Rewhan) September 12, 2021
Like super feminist of you to rob the ""victim"" of her agency by painting her as a helpless female.
They didn't fight girls, they fought other women— Katy Montgomerie 🦗 (@KatyMontgomerie) September 12, 2021
I think you describing it as "sick and perverse" says all we need to know. You don't care about it being fair or the science or anything, you're just irrationally disgusted by trans women
So proud of her! This must have been scary considering how many bigots she's going to face, all the love her way ❤️❤️❤️ and she look stunning !!— keith 🥩🔪 love crime (@neetfr3ak) September 11, 2021
Another response corrected the former MMA fighter, ‘We aren't going to sit back and pretend it's ok; we are going to sit back knowing it's ok’.
While another highlighted his obsession with McLaughlin, ‘How much of your day do you spend thinking about this person?’
Who exactly are you again?— Alexandra (@AlexMiller545) September 12, 2021
I know you were an MMA fighter.
I didn't know you were an authority on women, though.
Seeing how his fighting "career" is going, my guess is that he's angling for some of that sweet, sweet wingnut welfare. Regular Fox News contributor, or at least a lucrative yt channel.— Sebastian Gawker (@keepinitciviI) September 12, 2021
Just admit that the concept of a woman doing anything you don’t have control over is something you can’t mentally handle.— Tony B (@BlanderTony) September 13, 2021
And if you think she’s so “manly” then fight her in the ring.
Please stop calling women “girls”, it’s genuinely weird. They’re adults who agreed to fight other women who passed their physical exam. Stop being weird.— no (@SaraX6991) September 12, 2021
Better luck next time, Jake.