UFC star Jeff Molina has revealed he is bisexual in an emotional letter to fans.
The flyweight fighter appealed for people to not treat him differently after he opened up in a statement.
He posted on Twitter: “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 humour has always been how I am. The thought of my buddies, teammates, and people l I look up to looking at me different let alone treating me different something I can’t control was something I couldn’t fathom.
“I wanted to be known for my skills and what I’ve dedicated the last 11 years of my life and not the ‘bi UFC fighter’ that I’m sure would just be translated to ‘gay UFC fighter’.
“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/shitted on I’m getting an equal amount of support & it means a f*** ton.”
Molina has previously been attacked by bigoted fans after showing his support for pride month.
The 25-year-old was told he would “burn in hell” after revealing he would wear rainbow colours for his UFC Vegas 56 victory over Zhalgas Zhumagulov last summer.
The American has been in UFC since 2017 and has won 11 of his 13 fights.
His last defeat was against Nate Smith over five years ago but he has been on a relentless streak in the flyweight division since.
Victory over Zhumagulov was his 10th in a row and he will hoping to soon have a shot at a title fight.