‘Great fight Champ!’ Trump says congrats, UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal isn’t afraid to show him some love

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President Donald Trump took to social media on Sunday to offer his congratulations to UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal for winning his Saturday night fight at Madison Square Garden.

In his tweet, Trump included a video clip of the mixed-martial artist calling him a “bad motherf***er.”

“Great fight Champ!” the president tweeted.

“No matter what your views are of Trump as a president, that’s a bad mother f***er, man,” Masvidal said in the video clip. “The money that he’s made, the obstacles he’s conquered, he’s a bad motherf***er in his own way.”

President Trump had attended the UFC bout Saturday night in New York City, where Masvidal, ranked No. 3, defeated Nate Diaz in a technical knockout after the fight was stopped by a doctor because of a cut over Diaz’s right eye, Fox News reported.

Masvidal improved his overall record to 35-13.

In a pair of other tweets, Trump likened the energy in the crowd on Saturday night to a Trump campaign rally.

“Walking into Madison Square Garden last night with @danawhite for the big @UFC  Championship fight was a little bit like walking into a Trump Rally. Plenty of MAGA & KAG present. Great energy. Fantastic job Dana!” he tweeted, in part.

Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White delivered a fiery speech in support of Trump at the 2016 Republican National Convention.

“Nobody took us seriously. Nobody — except Donald Trump,” he said in his speech, speaking of the UFC’s early days.

White also said what has proven to be accurate, given the circumstances.

“I’ve been in the fight business my whole life. I know fighters. Ladies and gentlemen, Donald Trump is a fighter and I know he will fight for this country,” he told the room.

A number of videos were posted online of President Trump entering Madison Square Garden, and whether you heard cheers or boos, there’s no question that his presence energized the crowd.

White called it “the most electrifying entrance” he’s seen in 25 years in the business, according to Fox News.

CNN reported that Trump “was met with loud, sustained boos and some cheers as he entered Madison Square Garden.”

The network’s crack reporter, Brian Stelter, tweeted in response to a report that the president was booed, “I’m curious to find out: Who invited Trump to this UFC fight, and why?”

The Hill ran with the headline, “Trump gets deluge of boos upon entering MSG prior to UFC 244.”

It was all enough to prompt President Trump’s eldest son and namesake, Donald Trump Jr., who joined his father on Saturday night, to throw a jab at the media.

“Fake News gonna fake,” he tweeted in response to a BBC tweet. “Why don’t you play the video you leftist hacks? I was there in the heart of NYC and it was overwhelmingly positive. An awesome response. It’s nice that everyone at least sees that you’ve flat out stopped even pretending to be objective.”

Brother Eric Trump, who was also there, responded by saying the media “are the most dishonest people.”

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