When former President Donald Trump arrived at UFC 264 headlined by Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier late Saturday night in Las Vegas, he got a round of applause from the crowd.
When Trump arrived at the event, he made an entrance through the fighter tunnel. The sold-out crowd cheered the former president and even began chanting “U-S-A” according to USA Today reported.
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Trump Gets Cheers From The ‘Mainly Pro-Trump Crowd’
“The crowd was on its feet as he was escorted to his seat near the octagon, near where supporter and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was seated,” USA Today noted.
The news outlet added, “Despite the mainly pro-Trump crowd, there were some faint boos sprinkled in throughout. However, they were quickly drowned out as multiple ‘U-S-A’ chants broke out.”
The crowd chants USA as Former President Donald Trump makes an appearance at UFC 264 in Las Vegas. pic.twitter.com/SArqg6vv4N
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UFC President Dana White had said earlier in the week that President Trump would be sitting next to the octagon for UFC 246.
White has never been shy about his longterm friendship and professional relationship with Trump.
“I’m not a political person as it is, but … I’ve been friends with this guy for 20 years,” White said in January.
Actor Mel Gibson Was At The Fight – Saluting Trump
Some eagle-eyed fans noticed another big name at the fight: Hollywood actor and conservative Mel Gibson.
As Trump enters the arena and moves toward his seat, you can see Gibson in the background, giving a proud salute to the 45th President.
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UFC President Dana White On Trump: ‘I Love The Guy. I’d Do Anything For Him’
“This guy has been such a good friend to me,” White said of Trump in 2020. “He’s unbelievable. He’s awesome.”
“I love the guy,” White added. “I’d do anything for him.”
White also spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention, where he said, “I’ve been in the fight business my whole life. I know fighters.”
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“Ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump is a fighter, and I know he’ll fight for this country,” White added.
White has also always given Trump credit for being an early supporter of UFC as the sport struggled to establish itself.
“Arenas around the world refused to host our events,” White said at the 2016 RNC convention.
“Nobody took us seriously; nobody except Donald Trump,” White added. “Donald was the first guy that recognized the potential that we saw in the UFC and encouraged us to build our business.”
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