UFC mixed martial artist Jeff Molina became the first openly LGBT male UFC fighter after coming out as bisexual Twitter Friday.
The tweet was prompted by the leak of a private video showing Molina engaged in a sex act on Thursday.
“TLDR: I’m bi,” the message began, with TLDR meaning “too long unread.”
Molina went on to say that he didn’t want to come out like that, but that he had been deprived of the opportunity to choose when to reveal his sexuality.
He also noted that given the homophobia in the mixed martial arts (MMA) fan base, he had not planned to come out during his fighting career.
“The thought that my buddies, teammates and people I look up to would look at me differently, let alone treat me differently for something I can’t control was something I couldn’t fathom,” Molina wrote.
Molina explained that he would like to be known more for his skills than his sex life.
In June 2022, after Molina received backlash for wearing the UFC’s Pride Month shorts called The critics say: “I just thought that in 2022 people would be a little bit more open-minded and non-partisan [expletive]. But I think I was wrong.”
Molina, a flyweight with an 11-2-0 record and a 3-0 record specifically in the UFC, won’t be making an appearance in the octagon anytime soon. Molina was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission in December.
Molina’s trainer James Krause is under investigation over suspicious betting surrounding a fight between Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke on November 5, 2022.
Minner has been fired from UFC, and the company will not allow Krause-trained fighters at their events unless they distance themselves from him. Krause also sold his MMA and fitness studio, Glory.
Molina herself is accused of “significant involvement” in the system. His suspension will last until the end of the investigation, after to ESPN.
In a since-closed MMA betting channel run by Krause on the Discord platform, Molina wrote, “For the last 6 months all my bills including mortgage and car bills have been paid through Krause’s tips. Do yourself a favor and join the VIP.” after on the MMA news site Bloody Elbow.
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