Former President Trump is expected to attend this weekend's UFC fight in Las Vegas, where one of his vocal supporters, Conor McGregor, will face off against Dustin Poirier.
A reporter for TSN tweeted that UFC President Dana White confirmed Trump's attendance at the Saturday fight. The former president is one of many big names, including Justin Bieber, Megan Fox and Machine Gun Kelly, expected to attend.
Trump's attendance comes months after the Irish mixed martial artist, boxer and businessman publicly voiced his support for Trump.
The day after President Biden took office, McGregor tweeted praise for Trump.
"Phenomenal President," the fighter wrote. "Quite possibly the USA Goat [greatest of all time]. Most certainly one of them anyway, as he sits atop the shoulders of many amazing giants that came before him."
Former President Donald Trump walked out to cheers from fans at a mixed martial arts boxing match in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Eyewitness video from reality U.S. TV series "Real Housewives of Dallas" star Court Westcott shows Trump walking through the fighter tunnel before the MMA UFC 264 bout between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier to sounds of cheers and applause from fans sitting in the T-Mobile Arena.
There were also chants of "U-S-A".
The future of former UFC two-weight champion Conor McGregor is in doubt after a freak leg break in his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier sees him headed for an extended period on the sidelines.
McGregor's brash manner and highlight-reel knockouts saw him quickly rise to fame as a champion in two weight classes, but since adding the lightweight title in November 2016, he has struggled to fight consistently.
Former President Donald Trump made one of his first public appearances since leaving office (at least outside his rallies) on Saturday at UFC 264, and the reaction was about what you would expect at a UFC event.
Trump was seen walking onto the floor of T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas during the main card, headlined by Dustin Poirier against Conor McGregor. The former president saw a reception not unlike his last appearance at a UFC event: loud cheers mixed in with some audible boos.
Here's how it sounded, via Yahoo Sports' Kevin Iole:
That, however, would really be the last significant attention Trump would receive during the event. Despite a strong friendship with UFC president Dana White, who earlier revealed Trump would be coming, Trump was not shown on the pay-per-view broadcast or the T-Mobile big screen.
Trump's history at sporting events as president is well-known. Lustily booed at the World Series at Nationals Park, heartily cheered at Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium and everywhere between. UFC 264 was the first sporting event he attended since leaving office.
Former President Trump picked quite a UFC event to attend. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Trump was far from the only famous person in attendance at UFC 264, though. Justin Bieber, Odell Beckham Jr., Steve-O, Travis Barker, Kourtney Kardashian, Logan Paul, Jake Paul, Robert Kraft, Jared Leto, Mark Davis, Baker Mayfield, David Spade, Chuck Liddell, Dave Chappelle, David Njoku, Austin Hooper, Megan Fox, Machine Gun Kelly, Action Bronson, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, Glenn Howerton, Sia and Addison Rae all formed a cavalcade of celebrities making the trip to Las Vegas.
That group all got to see one of the more bizarre endings to a card they will ever see, with Poirier scoring a TKO via doctor stoppage after the first round. McGregor fractured his tibia while stepping back in the final moments of the round, in which Poirier had been the clear winner.
Blink and you’ll miss it, but yes, that is Mel Gibson giving a full-on military salute to Donald Trump as the former president walked into the UFC 264 fight between between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirer in Las Vegas over the weekend. The fact-checking site Snopes confirmed as much after a TikTok video of the moment started to spread online.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker, whose history of racist, homophobic, and anti-Semitic outbursts has been well-documented, has become increasingly conservative in his films of late, from portraying a violent cop as a hero to playing the white Santa Claus of Megyn Kelly’s dreams. Until now, however, he had resisted showing any public support for Trump.