War erupts over fighter’s ‘strip tease’
A war of words has erupted outside the Octagon after an MMA fighter's TikTok contribution was a little too risque for her rival's liking.
Macy Chiasson came out swinging after Valerie Loureda posted a video clip to her social media channels showing her mixing a few dance moves with some air punches.
Wearing leggings and a sports bra, Loureda was having a bit of fun in the gym but Chiasson wasn't laughing.
Responding to the video on Twitter, Chiasson, who is 6-1 in her professional MMA career with a last-start win against Shanna Young at a UFC Fight Night in February, felt compelled to speak up.
"Lol I f***ing can't anymore," she wrote.
"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."
Chiasson's criticism sparked a bitter back-and-forth between the pair on Twitter as Loureda hit back.
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."
In response to other Twitter users, Chiasson doubled down on her view Loureda was "selling sex rather than MMA" but denied she was "s**t-shaming" her.
"I'm almost positive men's MMA didn't grow spectators from ridiculous stuff like this," Chiasson wrote.
"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."
Loureda has been out of action since her win over Larkyn Dasch last June at Bellator 222. She was scheduled to make her comeback at Bellator 238 in January, but missed out due to injury.
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