UFC fighter and Donald Trump fan boy Colby Covington was a little too eager to show his appreciation when he met the president on Sunday – and attempted to KISS his hand.
The MMA star shared hilarious footage of his catch up with Trump at his rally in Nevada.
Showering the sports star with praise, Trump said: “I’m going to be watching Colby.
“I’m a big fan of Colby, he’s a winner, he’s a champ and it’s going to be a great evening, a great fight.
“I just wish him best of luck, but I just see him a lot and he’s tough. Good luck to you champ.”
The pair then exchange what started out as a simple handshake – before Covington then awkwardly lifts the president’s hand towards his face to kiss it, before Trump quickly pulls away.
The stars of the UFC were out in full force at Trump’s Henderson 2020 re-election campaign rally on Sunday, as Dana White, Covington and others stood shoulder to shoulder with the president.
At the rally, Trump also expressed his gratitude to UFC president White, as the UFC head honcho has publicly endorsed Trump for re-election.
“He is so smart, so tough, so cunning,” Trump said about White. “He’s been a friend of mine for a long time. I’ve been a friend of his.
“He also loves his fighters. He wants to take care of his fighters and he brought some of them along, the best.”
Trump paid homage to fighters Covington, Henry Cejudo and Justin Gaethje for showing their support, while also promoting some of their upcoming fights.
The president noted Cejudo as a two-division UFC champion while also mentioning his upcoming fight in October against reigning lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov.
“He said he’s going to knock him out,” Trump said about Gaethje from the stage. “Well, we’re going to be watching.
“It’s right before the election, but I think I’m going to be watching it, OK? I’ll be watching. You better believe it. It’s going to be an incredible fight,” Trump added.
Covington lost on his last outing, against Kamara Usman.
He returns to the octagon this weekend, when he will face Tyron Woodley.
On August 27, White endorsed Trump at the Republican National Convention claiming the president “built the greatest economy” in the nation’s history.
The 51-year-old also added that “no one” could have anticipated the coronavirus pandemic’s challenges.
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“Now, let’s talk about Covid and let’s be very honest about it.
“No one person and no one place could have anticipated the challenges that Covid would bring. But President Trump has faced all these obstacles head on,” White said.
“He immediately put protective measures in place and he reached out to the best and the brightest leaders in American businesses across all industries to discuss what he and his administration could do to get the economy back up and running safely.”