“People shouldn’t defend me” (VIDEO)

“People shouldn’t defend me” (VIDEO)

“People shouldn’t defend me” (VIDEO)

  • UFC boss Dana White made a surprise appearance on Wednesday to face the MMA media.
  • It was the first time White had been seen in public since the video was released, showing him slapping his wife on New Years Eve.
  • He implored people to “not defend him”, he said, because what he did has “no defence”.

LAS VEGAS — Dana White, the most powerful figure in combat sports, said Wednesday that “people shouldn’t defend him” after a video emerged this month showing him slapping his wife, Anne White.

The couple, who have been married since 1996, made immediate statements to TMZ following the incident, which happened in a VIP area of ​​a Cabo San Lucas nightclub on New Year’s Eve.

In the video, Dana and Anne can be seen arguing. Dana, 53, grabs Anne’s wrist and she responds by slapping it. White responds by hitting her back at least once.

Prominent UFC figures like lightweight contender Dustin Poirier and commentator Dan Cormier have openly criticized Dana White.

However, bantamweight fighter Sean O’Malley said on his podcast that he felt “bad for Dana”.

He said: “His wife slapped him. It’s rude. And it deserves a slap back. I don’t know. I don’t know. It’s tricky. I don’t know, treat people like you want to be treated.”

Such comments aren’t exclusive to O’Malley, as the online response among MMA fans has been mixed, and it’s something White himself wanted to address Wednesday when speaking to Insider and other reporters at the Apex.

“One thing I want to clarify,” White said, “there’s no defense for this and people shouldn’t defend me for this thing no matter what.”

Dana White and Anne White slapped each other on video.

Dana White and Anne White slapped each other on video.

Photos courtesy of TMZ Sports

White said: “All the criticism I have received this week and in the future is 100% justified.”

Commenting on those who blamed his wife for hitting him before he hit her, White said: “There’s only one side to this – my side.

“There’s never a reason or an excuse for what happened on New Year’s Eve to happen, period. I’m 53, I’ll be 54 this summer, and I don’t ‘ve never done” before, he said.

“You Never Get Over It”

Insider reminded White of a comment he made in 2014 in response to the video of former NFL running back Ray Rice knocking out his fiancée — “You don’t bounce back after you get your hands on a woman,” he said – and asked how he could get over it.

“You don’t,” White told us. “You never bounce back from that. For the rest of my life, however long, people are going to label me that. I did.”

White said it’s something he “has to deal with and live with” forever.

UFC business partners not happy with him, says White

Ari Emmanuel and Dana White.

Ari Emmanuel and Dana White.

Photo by Getty Images

One notable aspect of the aftermath has been the muted response from big-name UFC business partners, broadcast partners and sponsors, as reported by The New York Times.

White addressed the apparent lack of repercussions he faces. “What should be the repercussions? You tell me. I take 30 days off? How does this hurt me? ” he said.

“My departure hurts the company, hurts my employees, hurts the fighters. It doesn’t hurt me.

White then said he “could have left in 2016” when Endeavor (formerly known as WME-IMG) bought UFC for $4 billion. White earned approximately $360 million from the deal and remained chairman of the company.

White noted the reaction of Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel in particular. “We’ve had many discussions internally with Ari, ESPN… nobody’s happy about that,” he said. “Me neither. But it happened and I have to deal with it.”

The punishment, White said, is having to “walk as long as I live, and that’s how I’m labeled now,” he said.

“My other punishment is that a lot of people, be it media, fighters, friends, acquaintances who had respect for me, might not have respect for me now.”

It’s a ‘personal matter’ that was ‘played out in public’, White said

Dana White and Anne White.

Dana White and Anne White.

Photo by Getty Images

White said: “It was a personal family matter that went out in public and our biggest focus was our children.

“You mean disappointed people? Who will be more disappointed than your children, and that’s what we really focused on.”

He continued: “Obviously we always deal with the kids. My eldest isn’t happy with us, and I’m sure that’s embarrassing for the kids. Obviously for my kids it’s a big deal. “

After a four-week hiatus, the UFC returns with a live show on Saturday, which will air on ESPN from Las Vegas. Seventh-ranked light heavyweight Sean Strickland fights 12th-ranked Nassourdine Imavov in the main event.

Another of White’s combat sports ventures, Power Slap, airs Jan. 18 on TBS. It was originally scheduled to air on January 11.

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