Who is Jeff Molina, the banned bisexual UFC fighter outed by leaked video?
UFC flyweight fighter Jeff Molina is making news in the fight world for matters outside the octagon.
The 25-year-old announced he is bisexual in a lengthy Twitter post after a video of him performing a sex act on another man was leaked in recent days.
Molina will not be partaking in any card anytime soon due to a suspension for his alleged role in a betting scheme.
Dailymail.com takes a look at who Molina is both in and outside the octagon following his outing.
Suspended UFC fighter, Jeff Molina, came out as bisexual in a Twitter post this week
The 25-year-old was born in New Jersey but grew up in Kansas, first participating in wrestling
Who is Jeff Molina?
Molina was born in New Jersey but grew up in Kansas, attending Olathe South High School — 25 miles southwest of Kansas City.
It is there where he began his journey toward MMA and a career in the UFC. Molina was part of the wrestling team and began mixed martial arts training, aged 14.
In 2017, he began working under trainer James Krause – who is caught up in a betting investigation before the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) – at Glory MMA.
Naturally, Molina is a fan of the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs, once wearing a Patrick Mahomes jersey into the ring before a win at UFC 261.
Molina began fighting as an amateur before arriving at Dana White’s UFC. He went 9-0 as an amateur before his first professional fight in the Victory Fight Championship back in 2017.
After a 7-2 pro record, Molina made his UFC debut in April of 2021 at UFC 261.
Molina’s UFC career began in April of 2021, which began with a unanimous win vs. Aori Qileng
Why is he in the news?
Molina revealed he is bisexual after an unknown individual leaked a video of him performing a sex act on another male.
To this point, there was no public knowledge of Molina’s sexual preferences. He released a statement via Twitter Thursday.
‘Welp.. this f***ing sucks. TLDR (too long don’t read) : im bi,’ he began.
‘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 people 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**ksuckers 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 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 and it means a f*** ton.’
Molina came out on social media, explaining how he had previously suppressed his desires
Molina chose to wear rainbow shorts in a UFC Vegas 56 fight last June amid ‘Pride Month’
What has he done in his UFC career?
Molina has a record of 3-0 during his near three-year UFC spell. The orthodox fighter has three wins, two by decision and one via KO/TKO.
His most recent fight came against Zhalgas Zhumagulov on Jun 4 of 2022, which he won by split decision. Molina won his first UFC fight vs. Aori Qileng via unanimous decision and backed that up with a KO/TKO against Daniel Da Silva in October 2021.
Molina, professionally speaking, is currently on a 10-win streak. Though, his UFC future is currently uncertain after being suspended by the NSAC in late December due to his links to Krause. Molina’s proposed fight with Jimmy Flick on January 14 did not go ahead.
‘Jeff Molina has been suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission and UFC will not schedule him for any bouts, whether in Nevada or elsewhere, pending the outcome of the commission’s investigation,’ a January UFC statement read.
‘UFC’s Athlete Code of Conduct strictly prohibits fighters and members of their teams from wagering on UFC events, and UFC will take all necessary action to enforce that policy. UFC remains committed to cooperating with the appropriate authorities while this matter is being investigated.’
Krause is currently suspended by the NSAC due to a suspicious betting investigation. There was an unusual movement in the betting line of a fight between one of Krause’s fighters — Darrick Minner — prior to Minner vs. Shayilan Nuerdanbieke on November 5.
According to ESPN, the commission’s skepticism relates to a perceived failure to disclose Minner’s injury on a prefight medical form.
Molina won via split decision in his most recent fight vs. Kazakstan’s Zhalgas Zhumagulov in ’21
Has he made headlines before?
Molina alluded to receiving backlash for his announcement following the video surfacing – and he received similar criticism for wearing rainbow colored shorts during his most recent fight.
At this juncture, there was no insinuation that Molina was bisexual. Post-fight, he revealed the shorts were chosen principally because he enjoyed the color, and it also supported ‘a good cause.’
‘I’ll support anything of a community that’s been oppressed and ostracized for some time for something they can’t help,’ he said in June, 2021.
‘I’ll get behind any of that. It wasn’t that long ago that there was school segregation, and that was like less than a person ago, something like Stonewall, that was like 50 years ago. That’s not even a whole person ago, man – this is recent s***.
‘I just thought in 2022 people would be a little more open-minded and not pieces of s***, but I guess I was wrong. It’s just crazy to me.
‘People were saying some crazy s*** and like, dude, what would you do if your kid’s gay? Mind your own business, it doesn’t concern you. Get f*****.’
He continued: ‘Who the f*** cares, bro. It’s not even about being an ally — I’m not saying I’m not — but it’s just like, just be a decent f****** person.’
Molina wore the rainbow shorts during his eventual victory, defending his choice post-fight
Molina’s fighting future remains presently unknown given the NSAC’s pending investigation.
His loyalty to coach Krause affects his ability to currently turn out for the UFC as well.
Though, at Molina’s age it seems unlikely as if he will be finished with professional fighting.
Molina’s proposed fight with Jimmy Flick on January 14 did not again ahead