Donald Trump attends UFC 287 in Miami days after indictment  

Former U.S. President Donald Trump was spotted cageside at UF 287 in Miami, Florida just days after his recent indictment on 34 felony charges.

By: Karim Zidan | 2 months ago
Donald Trump attends UFC 287 in Miami days after indictment  
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Just days after being indicted by a grand jury, Donald Trump made an unexpected appearance at UFC 287 in Miami, Florida. 

The former U.S. president surrendered himself at a New York courthouse Tuesday before pleading not guilty to 34 counts of falsifying business records. The charges relate to his alleged role in hush money payments to two women during the 2016 election. It was also the first-ever criminal arraignment of a former U.S. President.

Despite Trump’s ongoing legal issues, the former president was spotted cageside at Saturday’s UFC show, where he was seated next to Kid Rock. Footage also showed the crowd in attendance cheering him on as he walked into the arena. 

This isn’t the first time that Trump has attended a UFC event. The former president made an appearance at UFC 244 in 2019, as well as UFC 264 two years later in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he was seated beside UFC President Dana White.

While Trump’s relationship with the UFC and its leading executives dates back more than two decades, it flourished in the build-up to the 2016 presidential elections.  Several UFC officials donated to his campaign while White delivered a speech at the Republican National Convention that praised Trump’s business acumen.

White also visited Trump at the White House in 2018 with former interim welterweight champion and rightwing media personality Colby Covington, where they posed for pictures in the Oval Office. 

Apart from his relationship with White, Trump also has ties to UFC fighter Jorge Masvidal, who is taking part in the co-main event against Gilbert Burns. Masvidal has previously campaigned for the 45th U.S. president and recently visited him at a rally and at his home in Mar-a-Lago following his arraignment. 

“I didn’t even sneak in here,” Masvidal said as he arrived at the rally. “This is Trump Nation.”

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Karim Zidan
Karim Zidan

Karim Zidan is a investigative reporter and feature writer focusing on the intersection of sports and politics. He has written for BloodyElbow since 2014 and has served as an associate editor since 2016. He also writes for The New York Times and The Guardian. Karim has been invited to speak about his work at numerous universities, including Princeton, and was a panelist at the South by Southwest (SXSW) film festival and the Oslo Freedom Forum. He also participated in the United Nations counter-terrorism conference in 2021. His reporting on Ramzan Kadyrov’s involvement in MMA, much of which was done for Bloody Elbow, has led to numerous award nominations, and was the basis of an award-winning HBO Real Sports documentary.

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