From Soldier to MMA Fighter: Who is Trans Alana McLaughlin?

March 22, 2024
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Alana McLaughlin Wiki Bio

American former US Army Special Forces member and Mixer Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Alana McLaughlin was born in Danville, Illinois USA, on 26 June 1983, making Cancer her zodiac sign. She’s probably known best for being the second transgender woman to compete in MMA, while her record’s 1-0-0 as she’s had only a single professional bout, when she defeated Celine Provost at Combate Global on 10 September 2021; she fought under the name Lady Feral, and won in the second round via rear-naked choke.

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Education and early life

Alana was raised in West Columbia, South Carolina by her parents about whom not a lot is known, because Alana prefers not to speak about them; it’s known that they have conservative views, and that they sent her to conversion therapy while she was growing up, wanting her to be more masculine.

She was mostly into sports while attending a local high school, and was on her school’s cross-country team; she performed so well that Newberry College offered her a scholarship. Alana matriculated in 2001 and then enrolled at Newberry, but transferred to Winthrop University two years later; it was while attending Winthrop that Alana spoke to her mother for the last time, when she said that she’d rather have Alana die at war than become her daughter (instead of her son).

Alana quit school after this, but enrolled at the University of North Carolina Asheville in 2011, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2015.


Alana’s career

It was in 2003 that Alana joined the US Army Special Forces, and was in 2007 sent to Afghanistan as a medical sergeant and member of a 12-people team; she served for a total of six years, during which she was awarded eight service medals, and then didn’t re-enlist in 2009.

It remains unknown what Alana’s been doing for a living since 2009, but it’s known that she began working out and preparing for MMA in 2020, at the MMA Masters gym in Hialeah, Florida.

Most watched YouTube videos

Alana isn’t active on YouTube, but a number of videos, most of which feature her fighting have been uploaded onto the video sharing service by other users, and one amongst these has even been watched over a million times. We’re going to cover Alana’s three most viewed YouTube videos, which’ve contributed to her internet popularity.

Her #1 video “My Transition Story: From Special Forces Soldier To Real Woman” was uploaded by Truly on 22 July 2016, and has since been watched close to 1.1 million times; it features Alana speaking about her transition from a male US soldier to a female MMA fighter.

Her second most popular video “The Left Celebrates Male MMA Fighter Beating Up A Woman” was uploaded by Matt Walsh on 15 September 2021, and has since been viewed more than 600,000 times; it features YouTuber Matt Walsh discussing whether or not Alana should be competing in MMA against women.

Her #3 video “Trans MMA Fighter Beats Woman in Pro Debut” was uploaded by Infinite Elgintensity on 30 September 2021, and has since been viewed close to 500,000 times; it features the YouTuber roasting Alana for defeating a female MMA opponent.


Presence on social media networks

Alana’s active on various social media networks and is today followed by close to 10,000 people on Instagram, while she’s uploaded nearly 1,000 pictures and videos, with most of these showing her during her everyday life.

She’s tweeted over 18,000 times since the launch of her Twitter account in April 2016, while she’s today followed by more than 50,000 people; most of Alana’s tweets are about the LGBT community, and her life as a trans woman.

Alana’s Facebook page is followed by close to 3,000 people, while her most recent update was on 8 March 2023; most of her Facebook pictures and videos feature her working out at the gym and giving her fans advice on how to stay in shape.

Alana’s yet to launch her TikTok account, but is nevertheless popular on the network as many videos featuring her have been uploaded onto the social media network by other users, and these have been viewed over five million times.

Love life and relationships

Alana hasn’t shared any details concerning her love life with her fans, and it still remains a mystery whether she’s attracted to men or women.


Most of her fans believe that she’s bisexual, and has been in several relationships with both genders. Some believe that she’s today in a relationship with a non-celebrity American man, claiming to have seen the two spending time together in Miami, Florida but no evidence has been provided to support these claims, nor has Alana addressed the rumors.

There are also some who think that she’s perhaps currently focused on her career and is not pursuing love, but this hasn’t been confirmed either.

Alana seems to be unattached as of March 2023, hasn’t married and doesn’t have children.

Interesting facts and hobbies

Alana’s a huge lover of animals, with cats being her favorites; she often features her pet cat in her Instagram pictures and videos.

She’s a fan of tattoos and has several inked onto different parts of her body; she also has a piercing on her bottom lip.

Alana enjoys preparing delicious foods, and occasionally shares her unique recipes with her fans.

She’s into travelling and has been to a number of US states and European and Asian countries, most of which while she was a member of the US Army.


Alana’s into rock ‘n’ roll music, and her favorite bands are Nirvana and ZZ Top.

Some of her favorite actors and actresses are Denzel Washington, Robert De Niro and Natalie Portman, and some of her favorite movies include “The Equalizer”, “The Sleepers” and “V for Vendetta”.

Height, eyes and wealth

Alana’s age is 39. She has brown eyes and hair, but usually dyes her hair pink; she’s 5ft 7ins (1.7m) tall and weighs around 145lbs (66kgs).

Alana’s net worth’s been estimated at over $2 million as of March 2023.

Olivia Wilson

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