Trump greeted with prolonged applause when he made a surprise appearance at UFC 287 with Mike Tyson and Kid Rock

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Trump greeted with prolonged applause when he made a surprise appearance at UFC 287 with Mike Tyson and Kid Rock
Former President Donald Trump attends the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 287 mixed martial arts event at the Kaseya Center in Miami, Florida, on April 8, 2023.CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images
  • Donald Trump made a surprise appearance at UFC 287 in Miami on Saturday night.
  • He sat in the front row with Kid Rock, Mike Tyson, and Dana White, the president of UFC.
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When former President Donald Trump when made a surprise appearance at the UFC 287 event on Saturday night, Miami's Kaseya Center filled with enthusiastic applause from fight fans.

Videos and photos posted on social media show the former president entering the arena with Kid Rock, Mike Tyson, and Dana White, the president of UFC, sitting in the front row with them.

His eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., was also in attendance.

In one video, Trump stands and waves to the crowd, many of whom were clapping, amid cheers and chants of "USA!"

His appearance at the event comes after he pleaded not guilty last week to 34 charges relating to a 2016 hush-money payment to the adult-film star Stormy Daniels.

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Trump was in the audience at the Kaseya Center to watch the main event of Israel Adesanya versus Alex Pereira and the fight between the vocal Trump supporter Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns.

Masvidal praised Trump from inside the ring, pointing at him and saying: "Greatest president in the history of the world, I love that guy."

Masvidal also praised Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, Trump's greatest political rival, and started a "let's go Brandon" chant in a dig at President Joe Biden.

At one point, the UFC fighter Kevin Holland came over to speak with the former president from the cage after beating Santiago Ponzinibbio.

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