UFC star Macy Chiasson has called out fellow MMA fighter Valerie Loureda for ‘sexualising’ the sport.
Loureda sparked controversy on Thursday with a TikTok video showing her dancing in the gym during an workout.
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Wearing her gloves and mouthguard with some leggings and a sports bra, the American fighter shook things up and posted the video to her social media channels.
But the video didn’t go down well with Chiasson, who accused Loureda of sending the wrong message to MMA fans.
“Lol I f***ing can’t anymore,” Chiasson commented on Loureda’s video.
“Is this the message we want to continue to convey to not only our future leaders but to the disgusting already misogynistic dudes out here.
“Are we here to fight and be role models or are we here for male followers and strip teases.”
Ugly war of words between MMA fighters
That sparked a fiery back-and-forth between the two fighters.
Loureda: “Girl by putting other women down you’re contradicting yourself. Who said I do anything for my male followers? I have been fighting since I was 2 years old and just like you have other interests like tattoos I like to dance. Lmao simple.”
Chiasson: “I’m all for women being strong and sexy but this really isn’t it. You’re in your mma gear at your gym. Gloves, mouth piece and shin guards on. You’re portraying the wrong message to people who watch this sport. You’re portraying that this is what women’s mma is about.”
Loureda: “Nah it shows you can be strong feminine and sexy and still be a bad b***h in a male dominated industry. #facts.”
Chiasson: “But … are you tho? Some of us actually care about the quality of women’s mma and women’s sports in general. You’re selling sex not mma.”
Loureda: “I’m selling sex because I was born with a different body than you and im Hispanic? LOL I fight in a cage just like you do, when I’m not in a cage I’m extremely feminine and I was born like that. Stop hating lol.”
Chiasson: “Yes. You fight in a cage but not like I do and don’t talk to me like I don’t know what femininity means.”
Loureda: “Girl do you and stop harassing other woman who embrace their ‘femininity’ period.”
Chiasson: “Based on what you’ve said. Your definition of embracing femininity is very narrow and that’s really sad. Again, you know nothing about my femininity. It’s really sad.”
Chiasson doubles down in argument with fans
Chiasson also took up her argument with fans, saying Loureda was “selling sex rather than MMA”.
“I’m almost positive men’s MMA didn’t grow spectators from ridiculous stuff like this,” Chiasson said.
“I just think there’s a fine line between using sex to make yourself legitimate on the MMA platform vs using sexy content in addition to being a legit fighter.”
I agree and thank you I have a lot of respect for women who do this sport. I just think there’s a fine line between using sex to make yourself legitimate on the mma platform vs. using sexy content in addition to being a legit fighter— Macy Chiasson (@macy_chiasson) May 28, 2020
Loureda, who often posts bikini phots and playful videos on social media, made her last appearance in the Octagon at Bellator 222 last June.
Chiasson is 6-1 in her professional MMA career, beating Shanna Young in her last bout at UFC Fight Night in February.