UFC flyweight Jeff Molina has disclosed that he is bisexual, becoming the first male UFC competitor to come out as a member of the LGBTQ community under less-than-ideal conditions.
Following the theft and public leak of an intimate video of him on Friday, Molina made the announcement in a lengthy Twitter statement.
“TLDR: im bi,” Molina wrote. “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.”
“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 and not the ‘bi UFC fighter’ that I’m sure would just be translated to ‘gay UFC fighter.’”
Molina, 25, unexpectedly found himself in the spotlight last June after he shared on social media that he was excited to wear the UFC’s Pride Month shorts for his fight against Zhalgas Zhumagulov at UFC Fight Night 207. Molina went on to win a split decision.
The Nevada Athletic Commission currently has Molina on suspension for his alleged involvement in a UFC betting incident that also involves his coach, James Krause.
Since winning on Dana White’s Contender Series in August 2020, Molina has competed in the UFC. He has a winning streak of ten matches and is currently 11-2 overall and 3-0 in the promotion.