- Jeff Molina did not mince his words in addressing the backlash for his decision to wear rainbow-colored font fight gear
- The 24-year-old extended his unbeaten UFC record and won via split decision
Flyweight standout Jeff Molina already made waves on social media even before his UFC Vegas 56 bout against Zhalgas Zhumagulov after he decided to support pride month and have rainbow colors on his fight gear.
While it’s always nice to have a little publicity leading up to a fight, Molina is not happy with what he has generated as it was more of a backlash.
Molina came in on Saturday at the UFC Apex rocking the rainbow-colored font fight shorts the UFC released to show its support to pride month. As expected, the vast majority of the MMA community did not appreciate it.
Addressing the issue after the fight, the 24-year-old couldn’t help but lash out at fans that made a big deal out of it.
“I was honestly shocked,” Molina told the media of the backlash. “So I picked the colors because I thought it looked cool and then also it supports a good cause, you know. But I will support anything of a community that’s been oppressed and ostracized for some time now for something they can’t help. I’ll get behind any of that.”
“I just thought in 2022 people will be a little more like open-minded and not pieces of sh*t,” he continued. “But, I guess I was wrong. It’s just crazy to me. Like, people were saying some, like crazy sh*t.”
Jeff Molina goes *off* about the negative comments he received for wearing UFC's pride month shorts.
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Molina went on to exclaim that he has grown tired of people who are quick to judge others, especially over their “sexual preference,” stressing that he doesn’t have a specific stance on the subject but was just being “a decent human being.”
“Dude, it’s f*cking ridiculous,” he added. “Man, who would have think that in 2022 people are still, who the f*ck cares, bro? Like honestly, it’s not even about being an ally. I’m not saying I’m not, but it’s like just be a f*cking decent person. Like just be a decent human being.”
“Like judging someone and trying to justify with religion and saying all sorts of like just spiteful, hateful sh*t, it’s crazy, it’s crazy to me. It’s mind-boggling,” he continued. “It’s like who cares who someone wants to be with or like their sexual preference like and then trying to justify, the irony of trying to justify it by religion or something that’s supposed to be so accepting.”
For the record, Molina won the fight and beat Zhumagulov via split decision. He is now enjoying a three-fight win streak under the UFC banner.