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UFC fighter hits back at homophobic comments over rainbow flag Pride shorts

Jeff Molina raised money for LGBTQ+ by wearing the shorts but faced backlash. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

UFC fighter Jeff Molina has appealed to fans who complained after he wore shorts with a rainbow flag design during Pride month to show support and raise money for the LGBTQ+ community.

The 24-year-old made a subtle change to his usual black shorts by having his last name spelled out in rainbow colors to support the UFC’s Pride Month campaign, which sees all profits from the sale of LGBTQ+ t-shirts go to a Community organization are donated in Nevada in the United States.

The New Jersey native managed a win over Zhalgas Zhumagulov in a UFC-organized preliminary flyweight bout on Saturday night, taking his record to 11 wins from 13 bouts.

But the response the shorts received online has not been consistently positive, with a slew of homophobic comments being posted online. However, Molina doubled down on his support for what he called an “oppressed and ostracized” community.

“I picked the colors because I thought they looked cool and they also support a good cause,” Molina said after his win. “I will support everything in a community that has been oppressed and ostracized for a while because it is not their fault. I will stand behind all of this. It wasn’t that long ago that there was a school split, and that was less than a person ago, something like Stonewall, that was about 50 years ago. That’s not even a whole person ago, man – that’s new shit.

“I just thought people were going to be a little more open minded and not shit in 2022, but I think I was wrong. It’s just crazy to me. People said some crazy shit and stuff, dude, what would you do if your kid was gay? Mind your own business, it’s none of your business. Fuck off.’

Molina added that he doesn’t necessarily see himself as an “ally” of the LGBTQ+ community, just a “decent person”.

“Who the hell cares, brother,” he said. “It’s not even about being an ally — I’m not saying I’m not — but it just is, just be a decent damn person. Just be a decent person. Judging someone and then trying to justify it with religion and saying all sorts of hateful, hateful shit is crazy to me. It’s stunning.

“Who cares who someone wants to be with, their sexual preferences and then the irony of justifying it with the religion of something meant to be so accepted and I was honestly shocked [with the negative reaction].’

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