According to The Hill, former President Donald Trump entered the UFC arena to watch Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier square off on Saturday evening at UFC 264 as many in the crowd chanted, “USA, USA,” in a strong show of support for the former president.
Despite some booing from the crowd, the majority of UFC fans celebrated Trump’s arrival. Donald Trump, Jr. tweeted a video clip of the cheers, adding, “UFC crowd goes nuts when Trump enters the stadium with @danawhite!!! Chants of US… USA break out. These fans and most of the fighters just get it.”
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) July 11, 2021
Many celebrities attended
Given the stakes and high-profile nature of the mixed martial arts (MMA) matchup, a number of celebrities attended Saturday night’s festivities at the T-Mobile arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The former president sat near the UFC Octagon, in a seat near New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, according to the New York Post.
Yahoo Sports listed many of the other A-list celebrities who showed up to catch the fight.
The list included: “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,” and many more.
— UFC (@ufc) July 11, 2021
The fight itself ended in a surprising and brutal fashion. Near the end of the first round, McGregor, who many believed had the best chance at winning, appeared to suffer a particularly nasty ankle break, leading to a TKO loss to Poirier.
The match took place the night before Trump was set to speak at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas, Texas, before a large crowd of conservative insiders. The reaction of the crowd revealed the wide support Trump holds among a wide range of audiences, including many UFC fans.
Trump continues to fuel speculation that he’ll make another run in 2024 to hold the White House for a second, non-consecutive term. Trump has yet to make an official announcement, though he has hinted on several occasions that he will seek a return to office.