Final Combating Championship (UFC) president Dana White stated he doesn’t anticipate punishment after a video emerged of him in a bodily altercation together with his spouse earlier this month. White made the feedback Wednesday at a media day for UFC Combat Evening 217.
Requested whether or not he expects there to be repercussions from the corporate, White stated: “What ought to the repercussions be? You inform me. I take 30 days off? How does that harm me?
“Me leaving hurts the corporate, hurts my workers, hurts the fighters. It doesn’t harm me.
“What’s my punishment? Right here’s my punishment: I’ve to stroll round for nevertheless lengthy I reside … and that is how I’m labeled now.
“The punishment is that I did it, and now I’ve to take care of it.”
Within the video, obtained by TMZ, White and his spouse, Anne, are seen arguing earlier than exchanging slaps in a nightclub in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on New 12 months’s Eve. Neither White nor his spouse are going through authorized prices over the incident.
White claims that conversations had been held between himself, Endeavor chief govt and UFC proprietor, Ari Emanuel, and broadcaster ESPN over what motion was acceptable.
“We’ve had loads of discussions internally – with Ari, with ESPN – no one’s joyful,” the 53-year-old stated. “No one’s joyful about this. Neither am I. Nevertheless it occurred.”
White additionally stated he was not trying to make excuses for his conduct and reiterated his stance on home violence.
“There’s by no means an excuse … There’s no protection for this and folks shouldn’t be defending me over this factor, it doesn’t matter what.”
On Monday, the California Legislative Girls’s Caucus wrote an open letter to Emanuel and Endeavor calling for White to get replaced as UFC president.
“Given Mr White’s earlier remarks towards home associate violence, we believed that Endeavor and the UFC shared this dedication to security, respect and accountability,” the letter reads.
“And but, now we have seen the video of UFC president Dana White, the place he strikes his spouse at a New 12 months’s Eve celebration … We had been appalled. It was alarming to say the least. Within the days because the video was launched, you could have remained silent.
“We’re calling for the instant removing of Mr White as president of UFC.”
CNN reached out to Endeavor for remark however didn’t instantly get a response.
When contacted for remark, ESPN gave solely a brief assertion saying: “We’ve got been overlaying 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 community.