- Donald Trump is said to be one of many celebrities planning to attend UFC 264 on Saturday.
- The former US president is a longtime fight fan and attended a UFC event in 2019.
- Some fans booed him then. It is unclear what reaction he’d generate this weekend in Las Vegas.
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A former boxing promoter and longtime fight fan, Trump is no stranger to MMA events and is even a friend of the UFC’s boss, Dana White.
White spoke at both the 2016 and 2020 Republican National Conventions to express support for Trump and said earlier this year that he had known him for 20 years.
The UFC president even said in 2020 that he didn’t “give a s—“ whether his Las Vegas-based company lost fans because of his close association with the divisive former politician.
According to White, the duo will be united this weekend for McGregor and Poirier’s trilogy bout.
It is one of the highest-profile combat-sports events of the year and is allowed to take place in front of a full-capacity crowd as the city reopens fully.
In an interview with TSN, the UFC’s broadcast partner in Canada, White reportedly told the MMA reporter Aaron Bronsteter that Trump would be one of many celebrities in attendance. Justin Bieber, Kourtney Kardashian, and Dave Chappelle were other names expected in the crowd.
-Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) July 7, 2021
It would not be Trump’s first UFC event. He was the first president to watch a live UFC card when he turned up to the Madison Square Garden in New York for UFC 244 in November 2019.
Trump waved to the MSG crowd as he walked to the VIP section. Though the reception was mostly positive, he did receive some boos.
It is unclear what reaction he might get at T-Mobile Arena.