Trump Receives Mixed Reaction at UFC 244 in Madison Square Garden

John Healy
November 03, 2019 - 11:08 am

The latest sporting event went a little bit better for President Donald Trump.

Six days after Trump was booed at Game 5 of the World Series at Nationals Park, the president attended UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night, where he was met with a mixture of cheers and boos.

Trump was not shown on the video board during the event, but fans took notice when he arrived inside the arena and was walking to his ringside seats and greeted him while AC/DC’s “Back in Black” played in the background, drowning out some of the reaction.

Trump seemed to embrace the moment as the first president to attend a mixed martial arts event. He was waving to fans who were cheering and clapping for him, and despite the boos that were also present, Trump likened the event to one of his rallies in a tweet on Sunday morning.

Other GOP representatives accompanied Trump, including GOP leader Kevin McCarthy — who was also at the World Series — as well as representatives Mark Meadows and Peter King. Trump’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, also were there.

UFC president Dana White, a Trump supporter, was with the commander-in-chief as he walked into the arena. The two have a longstanding relationship that dates back to the early 2000s after Trump supported White and MMA despite mainstream backlash by allowing him to hold events in Trump-owned venues in Atlantic City.

After the event, White was asked if not showing Trump on the video board was intentional after his ill-received reception at the World Series, but said he thought the president’s entrance into the arena sufficed, per USA Today.

He also told reporters that Secret Service wanted Trump to watch from a suite, but said Trump “never listens to them anyway” and wanted to watch from the floor.

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