Donald Trump goes rogue at UFC 302 as America melts down

Donald Trump sparked “crazy” scenes with his dramatic arrival at UFC 302 on Sunday.

The convicted felon stole the show at the star-studded UFC event when he walked out in front of more than 15,000 fans at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

The former US president received a standing ovation and cheers from fans could be heard on the telecast as he made his way to a seat outside the Octagon, as you can read in our UFC 302 live blog.

Just 48 hours earlier, the 77-year-old had been found guilty on all 34 counts in a money laundering trial in New York.

A sentencing hearing has been scheduled for July 11 – four days before the Republican National Convention, when the party will officially nominate him for president.

He faces a minimum sentence of probation and a maximum of four years in prison.

Despite all that, Trump looked more popular than ever as he strolled in front of screaming fans.

Alongside UFC boss Dana White, Trump shook hands with spectators and posed for photos.

He also shook hands with ESPN MMA commentator Joe Rogan on live television.

According to videos shared on social media, Trump received a standing ovation as he left.

Fans chanted “f*** Joe Biden” and also “we want Trump”.

Rogan said the crowd “went wild” when Trump appeared.

Trump also received backstage support when he met with former world champion Sean Strickland and light heavyweight world champion Alex Pereira of Brazil.

Trump previously enjoyed being the UFC’s guest MVP, with White repeatedly supporting the ousted president. They have been friends for over 20 years.

In March, the former president sat cageside with eldest daughter Ivanka at UFC 299 in Florida.

The New York Post reports that his appearance in Newark was his first public appearance since announcing during a raucous news conference in the atrium of Trump Tower in New York that he would fight.

Trump vowed to appeal his conviction, saying he was “honored” by the legal battle and that “we are fighting for our constitution.”

Trump made brief comments to the media outside court on Friday, claiming the trial was “rigged” and a “disgrace.”

“It was a rigged trial by a conflicted judge who is corrupt,” he said.

“The people will give the real verdict on November 5 and they know what happened here and everybody knows what happened here.”

He insisted that “we did nothing wrong”.

“I’m a very innocent man and that’s fine, I’m fighting for our country, I’m fighting for our constitution,” he said.

“This was done by the Biden administration to hurt or hurt an opponent, a political opponent, and I think it’s just a shame and we’re going to keep fighting. We will fight to the end and win.”

Trump said the country had “gone to hell”.

“We no longer have the same country,” he said.

“We have a divided mess. We are a nation in decline, serious decline. Millions and millions of people coming into our country right now from prisons and mental institutions, terrorists.

“They are taking over our country. We have a country in deep trouble.

“But this was a rigged decision from day one with a conflicted judge who should never have been allowed to try this case. Never.

“And we will fight for our constitution. This is long overdue. Thank you very much.”

Headlining the UFC 302 card is a showdown between lightweight champion Islam Makhachev and Dustin “The Diamond” Poirier.

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