DONALD TRUMP was cheered by UFC fans in Las Vegas ahead of Conor McGregor’s clash with Dustin Poirier.
The former president was greeted with a few boos at first but these quickly turned to cheers and it comes after he said he was suing Twitter, Facebook and Google for banning him.
UFC chief Dana White has revealed that the former US president will be in attendance for the eighth pay-per-view card of the year in the Nevada desert.
Trump arrived at T-Mobile Arena midway through the pay-per-view game of the UFC 264 card.
He was flanked by a barrage of Secret Service agents as he walked to his seat to watch McGregor vs. Poirier.
He then traveled to where New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, one of his supporters.
According to USA Today, although the crowd was “mostly pro-Trump,” there were a few boos, but these turned into “US-A” chants.
Just days ago, he announced his intention to sue Facebook, Google and Twitter for banning him.
And his presence on Saturday night sparked a chorus of boos from sections of the sold-out arena.
Veteran combat sports journalist Andreas Hale was at the scene and provided an update on Trump’s entry on Twitter.
He wrote: “I mean I can’t believe it was a 50-50 crowd for Trump but I would be lying because I know where I am and who I am around at UFC 264.”
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ESPN’s Arash Markazi did not get a glimpse of Trump but realized he was in the building after hearing the chorus of boos.
He tweeted: “Looks like Donald Trump has arrived at T-Mobile Arena for UFC 264.”
Trump played a small role in the early days of the UFC, hosting a number of events at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City.
The 75-year-old last attended a UFC event in November 2019.
Trump had a front row seat for Jorge Masvidal’s BMF title fight with Nate Diaz at the world-famous Madison Square Garden.
Security was through the roof that night, so much so that some fans with tickets barely got into the arena.
UFC supremo White recently said of his relationship with Trump: “He and I have been friends for over 20 years,
“And he’s a huge fighting fan, not just the UFC. He’s a fighting fan.
He likes to fight like I like to fight. “