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Former President Donald Trump arguably made the grandest entrance of them all at the UFC 264 mixed martial arts event this Saturday.
Hosted at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, the event pitted legendary UFC champion Conor McGregor against UFC champion Dustin Poirier.
Video clips from the event showed the former president’s arrival triggering mostly cheers and a wee bit of booing.
Donald Trump is greeted by a loud chorus of mostly cheers as he arrives ringside in Las Vegas tonight for Conor McGregor’s UFC fight. #UFC264
— Tara LaRosa (@TaraLaRosa) July 11, 2021
Wow! Crowd Goes Wild For President Trump At #UFC264! pic.twitter.com/5cBQqsjBuM
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) July 11, 2021
“USA 🇺🇸 USA 🇺🇸 USA🇺🇸”
Trump arrives on the floor at #UFC264 . pic.twitter.com/lTvFtDY2DU
— 🧢מאק (@beingrealmac) July 11, 2021
McGregor and Poirier’s arrivals weren’t quite as lit.
McGregor has arrived to the arena! #UFC264 is LIVE on @espn+ PPV pic.twitter.com/UBqGR6IDY9
— danawhite (@danawhite) July 11, 2021
Poirier has arrived to T-Mobile Arena! #UFC264 is LIVE on @ESPNPlus PPV pic.twitter.com/TbruUJPFtQ
— danawhite (@danawhite) July 11, 2021
Prior to the event, UFC president Dana White promised TMZ that the former president would be seated out in the open right next to the Octagon, regardless of whether people wanted to cheer him or boo him.
“Dana, a longtime Trump supporter, says his pal isn’t one to shy away from any heckling. As Dana tells us … Trump ‘don’t care, he’s not that guy, he’s not hiding in a box somewhere, that’s not his style.’ Instead, he says Trump will sit right behind him,” TMZ reported Friday.
“No doubt he’ll be flanked on all sides by Secret Service, and Dana says agents have been sweeping T-Mobile Arena for a few days now to ensure Trump’s safety.”
White wasn’t kidding about Trump “not hiding in a box somewhere.”
Donald Trump stands out in the crowd at UFC 264 with his trademark red tie. pic.twitter.com/vOE03mxDrQ
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) July 11, 2021
While Trump’s exact reason for attending is unknown, he and McGregor are known for liking each other, though their relationship wasn’t always so congenial.
In 2015, McGregor said “Donald can shut his big, fat mouth” after the then-GOP presidential candidate took a shot at fellow UFC artist Ronda Rousey. In fairness to Trump, he took the shot in response to her taking the first shot at him.
But five years later, he went on to describe then-President Trump as a phenomenonal president and suggest that he’s America’s GOAT, which is short for “greatest of all time.”
UFC champ Conor McGregor, former outspoken Trump critic, heaps praise on ‘phenomenal President’ https://t.co/z8Mwn3tE0s pic.twitter.com/zMpYhwIcQa
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) January 21, 2020
Trump responded at the time by congratulating Conor on a then-recent 40-second UFC knockout victory. Sadly, there were no such congratulations this time.
Indeed, this time Conor wound up being the one “knocked out” — kind of.
“Poirier hit Conor McGregor with a combination at the end of the first round of Saturday night’s highly anticipated UFC 264 main event. McGregor went to plant his left foot and his leg buckled, sending him to the mat. Poirier followed up with punches on the ground as time expired in the round,” according to ESPN.
“With McGregor clearly hurt, referee Herb Dean called the lightweight bout. The official result was Poirier by TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of the first round. A stretcher was brought in to transport McGregor to the hospital. The video replay showed McGregor’s lower leg bent gruesomely as his foot hit the canvas.”
That’s right — McGregor lost in the first round.
Conor McGregor breaks his ankle and Dustin Poirier wins by injury TKO 🤯
— the Sports ON Tap (@thesportsontap) July 11, 2021
But as a legend, McGregor wasn’t about to go out like a punk. Imitating Trump, he went on to pummel Poirier with a torrent of verbal uppercuts.
“Your wife is in me DMs, baby!” he angrily said after the right.
DM is short for direct message.
“Your wife is in mi DMs” says McGregor pic.twitter.com/kkTlMdpkp7
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) July 11, 2021
Saturday’s victory marks the second time Poirier has bested McGregor in the ring. In January, he scored a second-round TKO. However, during the duo’s first fight in 2014, McGregor came out on top with a knockout in under two minutes.
Even after two consecutive defeats, McGregor is now vowing to keep the feud going.
“This is not over,” he said after Saturday’s fight.
This desire to keep going inspired some humor.
Dustin Poirier pulling up to Conor McGregor’s hospital room #UFC264 pic.twitter.com/AVxRmhFlXp
— BenchWarmers (@BeWarmers) July 11, 2021
In the meantime, the show must go on.
“White said Poirier will fight for the UFC lightweight title next against champion Charles Oliveira and that when McGregor is healthy he will probably get a fourth fight against Poirier,” ESPN reported.
“When Conor is healed and ready to go, we’ll do the rematch, I guess. Poirier will do his thing until Conor is ready,” White said.
But for right now, it’s time for the after party!
Connor Mcgregor at the fight after-party. #ufc264 pic.twitter.com/5Jb8jdimhg
— Insanely Sane (@INSaneNShades) July 11, 2021
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