Former President Donald Trump is a fight fan, and fans of his got to see him — and the fights — during a UFC event Saturday night.
Trump was cheered by tens of thousands of fans when he made a surprise appearance at UFC 290 with the league’s CEO, Dana White.
“The 45th president of the United States was his usual social self, interacting with fans by shaking hands and talking for a few moments as he made his way toward the octagon,” Fox News reported.
“It was a total shock to everyone in the building, including the broadcasters of the event as they reacted with surprise when Trump was shown on the big screen. However, Trump is a big UFC fan and a good friend of White, who spoke for him at the 2020 Republican National Convention,” the report added.
Trump enjoyed a prime seat near the octagon, providing him with an excellent view of the event. Throughout the fights, he was spotted engaging in conversations and taking pictures with numerous people in his vicinity. Additionally, Joe Rogan made a deliberate effort to connect with Trump during breaks from his broadcasting responsibilities.
At one point, one of the fighters hopped over the fence of the octagon and came over to shake Trump’s hand, as well as that of White.
“There was even a UFC fighter, South Africa’s Dricus Du Plessis, who jumped over the cage after winning his bout with Robert Whittaker in the middleweight division to shake Trump’s hand as well as White’s,” Fox News said, reporting the incident.
Du Plessis scored a second-round knockout over Whittaker.
“This isn’t the first UFC event Trump has attended, as he’s been spotted at multiple events, including UFC 244 while he was president,” Fox reported, adding: “Trump has also been spotted at UFC 287 next to Kid Rock and former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson.”
Meanwhile, Trump not only remains a potent force within the Republican Party, but a new report says he is dominating the early primary race like no one in modern history.