The 38-year-old used a rear-naked choke towards Celine Provost to finish the match 3 minutes, 32 seconds into the second spherical.
“I need to decide up the mantle that Fallon put down,” McLaughlin instructed Outsports earlier than the struggle, referring to Fallon Fox, who in 2012 grew to become the primary transgender lady to struggle in MMA. “Proper now, I’m following in Fallon’s footsteps. I’m simply one other step alongside the way in which and it’s my nice hope that there are extra to comply with behind me.”
Fox, who sat cageside Friday, final fought in 2014. 4 years later, Patricio Manuel grew to become the primary transgender male to compete in a professional boxing match in the US when he beat Hugo Aguilar by way of unanimous determination.
She mentioned it was a “nightmare” discovering an opponent.
“I’ve nothing however respect for [Provost],” McLaughlin mentioned.
The struggle was initially scheduled for Aug. 6 however was postponed after Provost, a 35-year-old boxing and MMA veteran, examined Positive for the coronavirus.
Provost landed a number of punches within the first spherical earlier than McLaughlin got here out on high.
As she was declared the victor, McLaughlin wore a shirt with the phrase, “Finish Trans Genocide.”
Her debut comes as a number of states argue payments aimed toward proscribing transgender athletes from collaborating in youth, high school, and faculty sports activities.
“If we need to see extra trans athletes, if we need to see extra alternatives for trans children, we’re going to need to work out approach into these areas and make it occur,” McLaughlin instructed Outsports. “It’s time for trans of us to be in sports activities and be extra normalized.”