President of the Final Preventing Championship (UFC). White Dana mentioned he doesn’t count on punishment after video surfaced of him in a bodily altercation along with his spouse earlier this month. White made the feedback Wednesday at media day for UFC Battle Night time 217.
Requested if he anticipated any repercussions from the corporate, White mentioned: “What ought to the repercussions be? You inform me. Do I take 30 days off? How does that harm?
“Me leaving hurts the corporate, it hurts my workers, it hurts the fighters. It does not harm me.
“What’s my punishment? Here is my punishment: I’ve to stroll for so long as I stay… and that is how I am 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 proven arguing earlier than exchanging slaps at a nightclub in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, on New 12 months’s Eve. Neither White nor his spouse face authorized fees over the incident.
White claims there have been discussions between him, Endeavor chief government and UFC proprietor Ari Emanuel and ESPN in regards to the acceptable plan of action.
“We have had a number of discussions internally, with Ari, with ESPN, no one’s completely happy,” the 53-year-old mentioned. “Nobody is completely happy about this. Neither am I. However it occurred.”
White additionally mentioned he was not making excuses for his conduct and reiterated his stance on home violence.
“There’s by no means an excuse… There is no protection for this and folks should not defend me for this, it doesn’t matter what.”
On Monday, the California Legislative Ladies’s Caucus wrote an open letter to Emanuel and Endeavor calling for White to get replaced as UFC president.
“Given Mr. White’s earlier feedback towards home associate violence, we imagine that Endeavor and the UFC shared this dedication to security, respect and duty,” the letter reads.
“And but, we noticed the video of UFC president Dana White punching his spouse at a New 12 months’s celebration… We have been appalled. It was alarming to say the least. Within the days because the video was launched, you have remained silent.
“We name for White’s instant elimination as UFC president.”
CNN reached out to Endeavor for remark, however didn’t instantly hear again.
When reached for remark, ESPN solely gave a quick assertion saying, “We now have been masking the story on our platforms because it broke and can proceed to take action.”
TBS has pushed again the premiere of a Dana White actuality sequence — Energy Slap: Highway to the Title — by per week to January 18. TBS and CNN are a part of the Warner Bros community. Discovery.