(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Jeff Molina’s Official Instagram Account)
“Not the way I wanted to do this but the chance to do it when I was ready was taken from me.”
Jeff Molina has come out publicly as bisexual on Friday thru his social media account after an intimate video of him with another man circulated on social media. This makes him the first openly-bisexual male fighter to have competed in the UFC.
He said in his statement on Twitter:
Welp.. this f***ing sucks
TLDR: im bi
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. 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. The thought of my buddies, teammates, and ppl 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 c***suckers 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”.
To the awful disturbed person that decided to post this ishh I hope it was worth it.
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/s***ted on I’m getting an equal amount of support & it means a f*** ton
Last not but not least @benthebanedavis u a freak
The 25-year-old holds an 11-2 pro-MMA record and is 3-0 in the UFC. He reportedly made headlines during his fight in June 2022 because he wore “a pair of shorts with the UFC’s lettering colored with a rainbow.” The fight resulted in Molina taking home the split decision win against Kazakh flyweight Zhalgas Zhumagulov.
Molina was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) way back in January 2023 amid an ongoing investigation into a gaming scheme involving his coach, James Krause. Molina was accused of having “substantial” involvement in said betting scandal that rocked UFC. Read more here.
Check out below some of the netizen’s reactions to Molina’s coming out: