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Jeff Molina Makes History as the First Openly LGBTQ Male Athlete in the UFC, "I'm Bi"

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Jeff Molina | Source: Jeff Molina Instagram/Getty/Gaye Magazine

Jeff Molina has become the first openly LGBTQ male athlete in UFC history (Ultimate Fighting Championship) after revealing online Friday that he identifies as bisexual. The news of his truth comes in response to a private sex tape of him giving oral sex to another man leaking on social media.

The 25-year-old UFC flyweight fighter who currently holds an 11-2 MMA pro record described his coming out as "not the way he wanted to" because of the video.

"Welp..this fucking bi," he wrote in an iPhone note message posted on Twitter. "Not the way I wanted to do this but the chance to do it when I was ready was taken from me. I've tried to keep my dating life private from social media."

Molina continued, “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. I'm a pretty masculine dude and that bro-y banter and sus sense of humor has always been how I am."

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"The thought of my buddies, teammates, and ppl (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. in a sport like this where a majority of the fans being the homophobic cocksuckers they are I didn't see myself doing this during this part of my career. I wanted to be known for my skills and what I've dedicated the last 11 years of my life to not and not the "bi UFC fighter" that I'm sure would just be translated to "gay UFC fighter".

Molina previously responded to homophobic backlash after he wore UFC's pride month shorts during a fight in 2022.

Molina concluded his message by calling out the person who posted the intimate video.

“To the awful disturbed person that decided to post this ishh I hope it was worth it,” Molina wrote.

“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 along with a heart and rainbow flag emoji.

In January, Molina was suspended from fighting by the Nevada Athletic Commission after he allegedly bet on a UFC fight, according to the MMA Fighting and Mixed Martial Arts websites.

"Molina will not be offered any fights by the promotion pending the completion of multiple government investigations," the UFC told ESPN in January.

Molina’s pro MMA record is 11-2, according to the UFC website.


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