As a result of the unfortunate circumstances surrounding his decision, UFC flyweight Jeff Molina has become the first male UFC athlete to officially declare as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Molina came out as bisexual after the publication of an intimate video.
When the video was shared on many social media platforms on Friday, Molina issued a long statement via Twitter, opening it with the phrase «Welp.. this f***ing stinks, TLDR: I’m bi.» He went on to add that he didn’t want to come out because of the bigotry among UFC fans and because he wanted to be recognized for his performance inside the Octagon instead of his sexual orientation.
In the conclusion of the message, Molina expresses his thanks for the support he has gotten and refers to the person who released the film as an «ugly disturbed person.»
After earning a victory in Dana White’s Contender Series 30, Molina became a member of the UFC and has since compiled a record of 11-2 overall with a perfect 3-0 mark in the organization. His most recent bout, which took place in June 2022 and resulted in a victory through a split decision, was against Zhalgas Zhumagulov. During that fight, he made headlines by donning a pair of shorts with the UFC’s writing colored with a rainbow.
After that fight, Molina stated that he was surprised and disappointed with the backlash he received from fans. He called the criticism he received «f***ing ridiculous» and stated that he «will support anything of a community that’s been oppressed and ostracized for some time now for something they can’t help.»
After that bout, his career has been put on hold as a result of a ban handed down by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Molina was suspected of having a «significant» participation in a gaming scam that included his coach James Krause, who was reportedly operating as an agent for an online sportsbook. The scheme allegedly involved Molina betting money on games that were played by Krause.
Not the way I wanted to handle this situation, but I wasn’t given the opportunity to deal with it when I was ready.
I have made every effort to shield the details of my romantic life from public view on social media.
I’ve dated ladies throughout my whole life, but I’ve always repressed the emotions I’ve had for them—even while I was on the wrestling team in high school, when I was pursuing mixed martial arts in college, and even after I achieved a portion of my goal by getting into the UFC.
I’ve always been this really manly person that engages in bro-y banter and has a weird sense of humor. It’s just who I am. I was unable to get my head around the possibility that my close friends, teammates, and people I look up to may see me in a different light or even behave differently toward me as a result of something I have no power to change. I didn’t picture myself doing anything like this at this stage of my career in a sport like this one when the majority of the fans are the homophobic c***suckers that they are. I didn’t want to be recognized as the «big UFC fighter,» which I’m sure would simply be translated to «gay UFC fighter.» Instead, I wanted to be known for my talents and what I’ve committed the previous 11 years of my life to. I wanted to be known for those things.
I feel sorry for the horrible sick person who thought it would be a good idea to publish this, and I hope it was worth it.
At the end of the day, I am aware of my personality, my principles, and the kind of person that I am. In proportion to the amount of hostility or ridicule I get, I receive an equal level of support, and that means a f*** ton to me.