Jeff Molina, a 25-year-old UFC flyweight fighter, came out Friday as bisexual. He made the announcement after a leak of him and another man being intimate was leaked to social media.
“Not the way I wanted to do this but the chance to do it when I was ready was taken away from me. I’ve tried to keep my dating life private from social media,” Molina wrote on Twitter. “I’ve dated girls my whole life and suppressed feelings I had throughout high school being on the wrestling team, throughout college pursuing MMA, and even after making part of the dream happen and getting into the UFC.”
He shared, “The thought of my buddies, teammates, and (people) I look up to looking at me different let alone treating me different for something I can’t control was something I couldn’t fathom.”
Molina said he wanted to be “known for [his] skills” and his dedication to his sport and “not the ‘bi ufc fighter’ that I’m sure would just be translated to ‘gay UFC fighter.’”
He’d previously supported the LGBTQ+ community by wearing Pride Month shorts during a fight in June 2022.
“I just thought in 2022 people would be a little more open-minded and not pieces of sh*t. But I guess I was wrong,” Molina said after he received some backlash for wearing the shorts.
On Friday, the fighter also called out the person who posted the video.
“To the awful disturbed person that decided to post this…I hope it was worth it,” Molina wrote.
He has been suspended from fighting by the Nevada Athletic Commission after he allegedly bet on a UFC fight, CNN reports.
“At the end of the day I know my character, morals, and who I am as a person. As much as I’m getting hated/sh**ted on I’m getting an equal amount of support & it means a f*ck ton,” Molina wrote.
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