UFC fighter Jeff Molina reacts to backlash after sporting LGBT+ symbol to celebrate Pride month

UFC flyweight Jeff Molina said he thinks people will be “more open-minded” about his decision to include an LGBT+ symbol on his shorts during his win over Zhalgas Zhumagulov.

Molina, 24, picked up a split decision victory over Zhumagulov at a Fight Night event in Las Vegas on Saturday, while sporting an LGBT+ symbol to raise money for the Southern Nevada LGBTQIA+ Center and celebrate the month. of pride.

Addressing the issue ahead of his fight, Molina said, “To all the guys sliding into my DMs, I’m straight but pshhh I’m flattered! For all the homophobic guys upset that I’m resuming pride month on my fight kit, you all have fruit cups.

After his victory, the American told reporters: “I chose the colors because I thought it was cool, and then it supports a good cause. I will support anything about a community that has been downtrodden and ostracized for a while for something they can’t help.

“I will support all of this. Not so long ago, there was school segregation, and it felt like there was less than one person; something like Stonewall was 50 years ago. That doesn’t even make a whole person, man – that’s recent shit.

Addressing the backlash over his decision to sport the LGBT+ symbol, Molina continued, “I just thought that in 2022 people would be a bit more open-minded and not pieces of shit, but I guess I was wrong. It’s just crazy to me.

“People were saying crazy bullshit and like, man, what would you do if your kid was gay? Mind your own business, it doesn’t concern you. Fuck you.

“Who the hell cares, bro. It’s not even about being an ally. I’m not saying I’m not, but it’s just like, just being a fucking decent person. Just be a decent human being. Judging someone and then trying to justify them with religion, and saying all kinds of mean, hateful bullshit, that’s crazy to me. It’s mind-boggling.

“Who cares who someone wants to be, their sexual preference? And then the irony of trying to justify it with the religion of something that’s supposed to be so accepted, and I was honestly shocked [with the negative reaction].”

Molina improved his record to 11-2 with the win over Zhumagulov.

James V. Hayes