Crowd erupts as Donald Trump sits in front row at UFC 287 with Mike Tyson and Dana White

The former US president is known to be friends with UFC president White

Alex Pattle
Combat Sports Correspondent
Sunday 09 April 2023 05:26 BST
Donald Trump waves to crowd as he arrives at Trump Tower before arraignment

Donald Trump was greeted by huge cheers as he sat in the front row at UFC 287 on Saturday night, alongside Mike Tyson and Dana White in the Miami-Dade Arena.

Former US president Trump is known to have a friendship with UFC president White and has attended numerous events staged by the mixed martial arts promotion.

On Saturday (8 April), Trump sat ringside with White and Tyson, and UFC fighter Kevin Holland came over to speak to the 76-year-old after knocking out Santiago Ponzinibbio. Holland also appeared to speak to Trump through the cage between rounds.

Trump was also visited by UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal earlier this week. Miami native Masvidal, who was on the UFC 287 card, visited Trump at his home in Mar-a-Lago after attending one of the the ex-president’s rallies.

“Greatest president in the history of the world, I love that guy,” Masvidal said, pointing at Trump, after retiring from MMA with a loss to Gilbert Burns.

On Tuesday (3 April), Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony charges related to falsifying business records around hush money payments during his 2016 presidential campaign.

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