Former President Donald Trump attended a UFC 287 event over the weekend, where he was greeted by the crowd with chants of “USA!” — and even received praise from one of the fighters.
After Trump was indicted earlier this month in a controversial case from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D), many predicted that the charges would only make the 2024 Republican presidential frontrunner more popular. The reaction to Trump at the event has been cited by many as evidence of those predictions coming true.
ZeroHedge made this point in an article, writing: “The prediction that Donald Trump will only become more popular after being indicted last week appears to be holding solid as a UFC crowd in Miami gave him a hero’s welcome.”
Trump arrived at the Kaseya Center UFC event on Saturday with musician Kid Rock, former world heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson and UFC President Dana White.
BREAKING: UFC crowd in Miami goes wild as Trump enters arena with Kid Rock and Mike Tyson pic.twitter.com/Msf4TGoE1d
— Jack Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) April 9, 2023
He was seated ringside alongside the other celebrities, and his son Donald Trump Jr.
When the former president stood up and greeted the crowd, the attendees broke out into chants of “USA!”
Massive crowd at UFC Miami chants “U-S-A” after Trump greets crowd 🇺🇸
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) April 9, 2023
Jorge Masvidal, a 20-year UFC star who lost his welterweight fight against Gilbert Burns, announced his retirement during a post-game interview with the legendary Joe Rogan. During his interview, Masvidal praised Trump and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) — while also blasting President Joe Biden.
Following his retirement announcement, Masvidal pointed to Trump and told the crowd: “I wanted to say, greatest president in the history of the world sitting right there. I love that guy.”
He went on to praise DeSantis and his leadership in Florida.
“We also got the greatest governor of all time here in Florida. Let’s keep Florida free, a red state,” Masvidal said.
The UFC star then blasted Biden, saying that Americans need to take back the country from the failed president — and leading the crowd in a chant of the anti-Biden chant “Let’s go Brandon.”
“And let’s take back – you know who, Let’s go, Brandon motherf—er… replace him,” Masvidal said.
After clips of the event went viral, many have pointed out that the “powerful influencers” — Trump, Trump Jr., Rogan and Kid Rock — are essential to pushing the culture toward the anti-establishment movement and Trump’s MAGA movement.