WATCH: Israel Adesanya calls Donald Trump ‘America’s last hope’ in interesting backstage interaction

Israel Adesanya has interesting things to tell about Donald Trump during a backstage interaction.

WATCH: Israel Adesanya calls Donald Trump ‘America’s last hope’ in interesting backstage interaction

Israel Adesanya praises Donald Trump during a backstage interaction at UFC 290 (via Imago)

Over the years, UFC pay-per-view events have typically drawn many celebrities worldwide. However, no one comes close to Donald Trump in terms of receiving a warm reception from UFC fans. So, even former middleweight champion Israel Adesanya was starstruck to see the former president at UFC 290.

Recently, UFC released a documentary called Fight Inc: Inside the UFC on the Roku Channel platform. A clip from the documentary has since gone viral in which former UFC champion Israel Adesanya met Donald Trump. The footage captured their meeting at UFC 290. During the backstage interaction, both Izzy and Trump shook hands and showed mutual respect.

America's last hope. What's up dog? My man. 
Israel Adesanya via Fight Inc: Inside the UFC

Trump is a huge UFC fan and has watched the sport for a long time. Being a great friend to Dana White, Trump often visits UFC PPV events. At UFC 290, Trump got a massive welcome as he entered the T-Mobile Arena with White. Interestingly, it was the same event where Adesanya went viral for his N-word rant against Dricus Du Plessis.

Trump is loved by many UFC fighters, including Colby Covington, Kevin Holland, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Jorge Masvidal, and more. At UFC 287, at Masvidal retirement fight, he even took the opportunity to start an anti-Biden chant to show his support for Trump. Irrespective of the political scenario, White has always welcomed Trump to visit UFC fights. 

Dana White on having Donald Trump at UFC 302

Donald Trump’s most recent appearance came at the UFC 302 PPV event held at the Prudential Centre in New Jersey. As expected, he received a roaring cheer and support from the UFC fans. Trump paid a surprise visit following his recent conviction.

Dana White supports Donald Trump's appearance at UFC 302
Dana White supports Donald Trump’s appearance at UFC 302 ( via Sports Business Journal)

At the post-fight press conference, Dana White was asked whether it was a good time to invite Donald Trump for a public appearance. White revealed that, given the crowd’s reaction, it was a good decision.

Any hesitation to do what? come? I don't know how do you think it went tonight. Yeah, probably a good idea to show up tonight. 
Dana White via UFC 302 post-fight press conference 

During his visit, Donald Trump met his favorite fighter, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and both shared a few minutes talking to each other. The ex-POTUS also met with light heavyweight champion Alex Pereira backstage. So far, no active UFC fighters have yet to criticize Trump’s regular visits. Given the love Trump gets from fight fans and the fighters, it is safe to say that it was definitely not his last visit to the UFC. 

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