The UFC returned to action last night with UFC 249, which saw Justin Gaethje defeat Tony Ferguson in the main event to become the UFC Interim Lightweight Champion.
While the UFC 249 was filled with action packed fights throughout the night, it also featured an appearance by President Donald Trump, who delivered a video message during the preliminary card on ESPN.
Danny Segura of MMA Junkie provided the following transcript of what Trump said in the video:
“I want to congratulate Dana White and the UFC. They’re going to have a big match. We love it. We think it’s important – get the sports leagues back. Let’s play. We do the social distancing and whatever else you have to do, but we need sports. We want our sports back, and congratulations to Dana White and the UFC.”
This is not the first time that Trump has taken part in the UFC festivities, as he previously appeared in the crowd at UFC 244, hosted a pair of UFC cards in the Trump Taj Mahal in the early days of the promotion and Trump’s sons also appeared at UFC Fight Night Newark.