Final Combating Championship (UFC) president Dana White stated he doesn’t anticipate punishment after a video surfaced of a bodily altercation along with his spouse earlier this month. White made the feedback at UFC Combat Night time 217’s media day on Wednesday.
Requested if he anticipated outcomes from the corporate, White stated: “What ought to be the outcomes? You inform me. I take 30 days off? How does that damage me?”
“My departure hurts the corporate, hurts my staff, hurts the fighters. It would not damage me.
“What’s my punishment? That is my punishment: I’ve to maneuver round so long as I dwell… and now I’m labeled as such.
“The punishment is that I did it, and now I’ve to cope with it.”
In video obtained by TMZ, White and his spouse, Anne, are seen arguing earlier than being slapped at a nightclub in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on New Yr’s Eve. Neither White nor his spouse are dealing with authorized prices over the incident.
White claims that he, Endeavor chief govt and UFC proprietor, Ari Emmanuel, and broadcaster ESPN had a dialog about what plan of action was acceptable.
“We have had quite a lot of discussions internally – with Aerie, with ESPN – no person’s completely satisfied,” the 53-year-old stated. “No person’s completely satisfied about that. Not even me. However it occurred.”
White additionally stated that he doesn’t wish to make excuses for his conduct and reiterated his stance on home violence.
“There is no excuse … there is not any protection for this and other people should not must defend me over this it doesn’t matter what.”
On Monday, the California Legislative Girls’s Caucus wrote an open letter to Emanuel and Endeavor demanding White get replaced as UFC president.
The letter learn, “Given Mr. White’s previous feedback towards home associate violence, we believed that Endeavor and the UFC shared this dedication to security, respect, and accountability.”
“And but, we noticed the video of UFC president Dana White the place he assaults his spouse at a New Yr’s Eve celebration … We have been horrified. It was alarming to say the least. For the reason that launch of the video You might be silent.
“We’re calling for the quick removing of Mr. White as president of the UFC.”
CNN reached out to Endeavor for remark however didn’t instantly obtain a response.
When contacted for remark, ESPN offered solely a short assertion: “We have now been masking the story on our platforms because it broke and can proceed to take action.”
TBS has delayed the premiere of a actuality sequence from Dana White – Energy Slap: Street to the Title – by one week to January 18. TBS and CNN are a part of the Warner Bros. Discovery Networks.