Jeff Molina has come out as a bisexual after a video showing him performing an oral sex act on another man was leaked on social media this week. The UFC fighter said that he was stripped of the opportunity to announce his sexuality the way he wanted.

In an emotional note on Twitter, Molina said, “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.”

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“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.”

Molina said he was not planning to come out during his career adding that he wanted to be known for his skills rather than being the “‘bi UFC fighter’ that I’m sure would just be translated to ‘gay UFC fighter.'”

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The announcement makes him the first openly LGBTQ+ male member of the UFC. “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****** on I’m getting an equal amount of support & it means a f*** ton,” he said.

Molina has previously shown support for the LGBTQ+ community by wearing Pride Month shorts for his fight in June 2022.

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He is 11-2 so far in his career and 3-0 in UFC. Currently, Molina is suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for his alleged role in a betting scheme involving his coach James Krause and a suspicious wagering activity on a November UFC fight between Molina’s teammate Darrick Minner and Shayilan Nuerdanbieke.