After a big win Saturday at UFC D.C., fighter Bryce Mitchell offered to beat up politicians for President Donald Trump.
“If you need some help whooping some politician, holler at me, brother. I’ll do it for free,” Mitchell told the crowd.
Mitchell, who nickname is “Thug Nasty,” made the generous proposal after declaring his pride in Arkansas, his home state, and demanding the Reebok either “kill me or make me some camo shorts.”
— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) December 8, 2019
The video quickly went viral on Twitter, where it has been viewed over a million times.
Some fans took issue with Mitchell’s reference to political violence, perhaps recalling real-life incidents of politicians being wounded or killed by members of the public.
Bryce Mitchell you had me until you mentioned dickstain Donald Trump, channel turned. Fuckin backwoods loser #UFCDC
— F. J. Broughton (@fbroughton79) December 8, 2019
However, most people cheered the bravado shown by Mitchell.
Bryce Mitchell just said “Hey Donald Trump, I’m up here in DC . If you need help whipping a politician let him know. He will do it for free”. Love it! @ThugnastyMMA
— BamaHawg (@Hogwild37) December 8, 2019
Others Twitter users recalled the ovation Trump received last month when he attended an Ultimate Fighting Championship match between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal at Madison Square Garden.
Bryce Mitchell – Twister pic.twitter.com/XtRk3OdoSu
— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) December 8, 2019
Donald Trump is probably a Bryce Mitchell fan, too
Mitchell won the match in Round 1 by executing the second twister submission in UFC history, improving his MMA record to 12-1.
The president has a long relationship with Mixed Martial arts and and UFC President Dana White. Trump hosted UFC events at his Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City decades ago when the sport was spurned by most venues, White said in an interview last year with The Hill.
“I would never say anything negative about Donald Trump because he was there when other people weren’t,” said White, who spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention in support of Trump’s candidacy.
Trump has a taste for martial arts. During a visit to Japan earlier this year, he spent what he said was an “incredible evening” watching sumo wrestling in Tokyo with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Last month, Trump triggered a Twitter uproar by tweeting an image featuring his head on movie boxer Rocky Balboa’s body.
(Reuters contributed to this report.)