It didn’t take lengthy for Dana White to get again to enterprise as common.
On Wednesday he spent a complete press convention discussing how mistaken he was after being recorded slapping his spouse at a New Yr’s Eve occasion. By Saturday, he was again to defending the best way that the UFC compensates its fighters after deciding to let Heavyweight Champion Francis Ngannou stroll.
T-Cellular Enviornment made a mistake when it revealed on its out of doors video boards that Jon “Bones” Jones and Ciryl Gane will probably be combating for the UFC Heavyweight Championship. Ads for that battle weren’t imagined to have been launched at the moment. The end result, following UFC Vegas 67, White took a while to elucidate why this specific battle had been scheduled though Francis Ngannou defeated Gane on heavyweight title battle a 12 months in the past.
White performs the blame recreation
White didn’t even anticipate a query. He dove proper into how negotiations with Ngannou for a brand new contract fell aside, and he put the blame squarely on the previous UFC Heavyweight Champion.
White instructed the media that UFC was keen to make Ngannou the highest-paid heavyweight within the group’s historical past, but it surely wasn’t sufficient for the champ. Additionally, White tried to take a shot at Ngannou’s skilled integrity. He mentioned to the media, a number of occasions, that Ngannou is extra considering taking over lesser fighters for more cash than going through Jones, whom White repeatedly known as the best fighter of all time.
In White’s second press convention after placing his spouse, he determined to spend time pumping up a fighter who has not competed in three years, partly due to his personal home violence allegations. In late 2021, Jones confronted fees of home battery together with headbutting a police automotive. He finally pleaded nolo contendere to a misdemeanor cost – destroying property of one other — and his home violence cost was dropped.
Who disciplines Dana White?
After the video of White striking his wife went public, he first said that he accepts full duty for his wrongdoing on TMZ. Then on Wednesday, on the UFC Vegas 67 Media Day, White spent practically quarter-hour taking questions in regards to the incident. To his credit score, he supplied no protection and he additionally requested those that are talking up for him to cease. Nonetheless, when requested a few potential punishment, the president of the UFC replied that if he frolicked away on punishment the group would endure, not him. White mentioned that his punishment is that he should reside with the stain of what he did for the remainder of his life, and any lack of respect that comes because of this.
That may be a burden that I definitely wouldn’t need to bear, particularly if I had offspring who additionally should take care of the fallout of my shameful act. Anybody who wishes to be regarded as an honest particular person wouldn’t need to be related to the act that White was recorded committing, however he’s fairly lucky that his wealth and standing received’t be harmed by what he did.
It’s the soiled elephant within the room that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver introduced consideration to as soon as the league’s unbiased report on Phoenix Suns proprietor Robert Sarver’s misconduct was launched. Silver mentioned flatly that proudly owning a staff is totally different from being an worker of the NBA or considered one of its franchises. The league later launched a press release that tried to stroll Silver’s feedback again, but it surely was too late to divert peoples’ consideration from that dirty elephant.
White doesn’t even personal the UFC. He’s the president. It’s a task that could possibly be thought of much like Silver’s as NBA Commissioner, apart from the truth that the UFC doesn’t have 30 homeowners, it has one. It’s owned by a publicly traded leisure firm — Endeavor.
Nonetheless, the entity that Endeavor bought is one which White has run for greater than 20 years. He does the press conferences earlier than and after the occasions. He wraps the championship belts round fighter’s waists, and It’s his voice that screams expletives when UFC is questioned about fighter pay.
There is no such thing as a group of staff homeowners, no different promoters, and no union that White solutions to. For essentially the most half, what he says about UFC is the legislation. In some methods, he’s extra highly effective than any staff proprietor in a serious American sport. In these sports activities, the entire staff homeowners should reply to one another.
White solutions to 1 firm a few product that has turn out to be a pressure underneath his management. That’s why as remorseful as he could also be about that New Yr’s Eve second, it didn’t take lengthy for him to start out publicly bashing a fighter who was upset with compensation. It’s already again to the recurrently scheduled program for White.