Florida’s Republican Governor Ron DeSantis got a hero’s welcome from the crowd when he arrived at the UFC 273 on Saturday night.
DeSantis was in the house for the much-publicized UFC event in Jacksonville, Florida.
When he entered, the crowd gave him a loud ovation as he slapped hands with fans while making his way to his seats.
At one point, DeSantis’s presence was announced to the crowd and the Florida audience responded by giving him a huge ovation.
DeSantis is very popular with UFC fans for many reasons with the biggest arguably because when most states shut down and would not allow large events, DeSantis went the other way.
He allowed Florida to host multiple UFC events.
UFC president Dana White was grateful DeSantis allowed the sport to continue and has been a vocal backer of the Florida governor as well as a backer of former President Donald Trump.
One fan posted a video of The crowd reacting to Ron on social media with the caption:
“Epic night for @GovRonDeSantis last night at #UFC273 with his entrance, his intro by @Jon_Anik and his ringside reaction with @danawhite he’s such a boss.”
Epic night for @GovRonDeSantis last night at #UFC273 with his entrance, his intro by @Jon_Anik and his ringside reaction with @danawhite he’s such a boss. pic.twitter.com/c93GK8FNxX
— Florida Grand (@florida_grand) April 10, 2022
From The Guardian:
UFC’s third trip to Jacksonville in three years drew a packed house that included Florida governor Ron DeSantis, former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski, Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby, Jaguars minority owner Tony Khan and legendary wrestling announcer Jim Ross.
They were treated to an epic event.
Not only did they get two title fights to close out the night, but they witnessed arguably the best bout of the year.
Sweden’s Khamzat Chimaev took another step toward mixed martial arts stardom with a unanimous decision against 35-year-old Brazilian Gilbert Burns in the welterweight division.
Chimaev and Burns went to toe-to-toe for three rounds, exchanging punches and raising their profiles. It was Chimaev’s most impressive outing to date and proved he’s a potential championship contender.
Chimaev (11-0) remained undefeated and answered any lingering questions about how good he could be by taking down the second-ranked Burns (20-5).
“I didn’t know he was so tough,” Chimaev said.
Chimaev hadn’t gone to a third round in any of his previous professional fights.
He was gassed and gashed by the final round in this one, his first against a ranked opponent.
“This is what I was waiting for,” said Chimaev, a sizable cut under his left eye.
“I’m in pain, bloody and tired.”
Desantis at UFC. Yeah I’m thinking he’s running pic.twitter.com/LnlGOclgm3
— coochie (@Kindlad69) April 10, 2022