- The UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal has hinted he may leave Twitter.
- Masvidal’s announcement came days after President Donald Trump was de-platformed because of a “risk of further incitement of violence,” Twitter said this week.
- The decision followed pro-Trump rioters who stormed the US Capitol. The insurrection resulted in five deaths and widespread chaos.
- Masvidal is close to the Trump family and once said the outgoing president was a “bad mother-f—–.”
- Though he has 656,000 followers on Twitter, few seemed bothered by his threat to leave.
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UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal hinted he may leave Twitter after it de-platformed “cool kids” like Donald Trump.
Twitter permanently suspended the outgoing president from accessing his account because of a “risk of further incitement of violence,” the company said in a tweet this week.
The decision followed pro-Trump rioters who stormed the US Capitol as a joint session of Congress convened to certify the election results ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration later this month, as Insider previously reported.
The insurrection resulted in evacuations from the Capitol and five deaths.
Tweeting Saturday, Masvidal wrote: “Not too many places I ain’t been kicked out of and since all the cool kids have been kicked off Twitter â€¦ reversed hand with middle finger extended [Twitter founder] @jack Follow the leader. Ala din my way out of here.”
— Jorge Masvidal UFC (@GamebredFighter) January 9, 2021
The Trump family and Masvidal have gotten closer in recent years
Trump attended UFC 244 in 2019 and watched Octagonside as Jorge Masvidal was crowned “the baddest mother-f—–” in the game after he won the standalone BMF title for his doctor’s stoppage win over Nate Diaz in 2019.
Masvidal later accepted Trump’s invite to the White House and told Insider the Republican has “done a lot of crazy s— that a lot of people wish they could do.”
And, in October, ahead of November’s presidential election which Trump lost, Masvidal joined forces with Donald Trump Jr. for a special tour across Florida and even spoke at a “Fighters Against Socialism” event.
Masvidal, 36, is one of the most popular athletes in the UFC but though he has 656,000 followers on Twitter, few seemed bothered by his threat to leave the platform.
He has a pro MMA record of 35 wins (16 knockouts, two submissions, and 17 decisions) against 14 losses. Although he is not yet booked to take part in his 50th bout, he’s been linked with a match involving bitter rival Colby Covington.