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Politics is often described as a tough business. But President Donald Trump is likely to witness a real blood sport as he participates in a much-discussed Mixed Martial Arts event on Saturday in Madison Square Garden, New York.
This is Trump's second sporting event within a week. On Sunday, he attended the fifth World Series game at Nationals Park in Washington, where he was greeted with booms and songs from Lock up.
Trump's visit to New York took place only two days after he and his family were announced to relocate their permanent residence from New York to Florida, which was greeted by some of the state's top Democrats. Trump explained his decision on Twitter and complained that in New York he was "being treated very badly by political leaders."
Trump, who was born in New York, grew up, started his business and started his political campaign, said he "hated" the decision to go, but "few were treated worse by city and state "Mandate holder.
He relocates to Palm Beach, Florida, where he owns the Mar-a-Lago Resort, a place he calls the "Winter White House." Trump opposed claims to release his state or federal taxes, but by changing residences he would be taxed by a city that pays top earners at a rate of 3.876%, and by a federal state with a rate of about 9% to Florida, in the USA, pull No state income tax.
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Before this paperwork is completed, he is expected to spend much of the weekend in the Big Apple, starting with the UFC 244 tournament, led by Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal. The main event is for a new belt and "title" of BMF, an acronym for "Baddest Motherf *****".
According to TMZ Sports, the production of the belt cost $ 50,000 The actor Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
Trump's Connection to Mixed Martial Arts
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While an MMA match is an unusual place for a commander-in-chief to spend a Saturday night, Scott Simon of NPR pointed out Saturday in the weekend edition that "the president is a fan and has MMA Trump's dealings with the Ultimate Fighting Championship and its president, Dana White, date back to 2001 when UFC 30: Battle on the Boardwalk took place in the Taj Mahal of Trump in Atlantic City.
At that time, it was a great success for UFC to land a venue like Trump's. The sport had suffered for years, was banned in several states and degraded by the late Senator of Arizona, John McCain, as a "human cockfight".
In an interview with The Hill in 2018, White talked about the "stigma" of MMA and that "venues did not even want us".
"I'll never say anything negative about Donald Trump," White said at the time. "He was there when others were not."
White said he and Trump remained very close, though Trump had teamed up for a while in 2008 with a rival mixed martial arts team called Affliction Entertainment. Billion dollar industry, which sold in 2016 for just over 4 billion dollars.
"Donald Trump was the first to pick up the phone and call and say," Congratulations, I knew you, "White told The Hill.
One month before the sale of UFC, White spoke at the 2016 Republican National Congress What he thought was "cut down and honored."
"Donald campaigned for the UFC before it became popular before becoming a successful company," White said before a crowd gathered in Cleveland these early days So I stand with Donald Trump tonight. "
Trump is expected to spend the night in Trump Tower, New York on Saturday. He is expected to leave on Sunday and heighten the traffic jam already expected for the New York City Marathon.