- Dana White answered the media’s question about the apparent lack of punishment he received following the slapping incident
- The UFC president insists the only that matters to him is his personal life and whatever happened to his professional life is beyond his control
Despite people still buzzing about the slapping incident on New Year’s Eve with his wife, UFC president Dana White sat in front of UFC Vegas 67 media to, unsurprisingly, address the issue. There’s a narrative stating White deserved more punishment for his acts, but according to the UFC boss, that’s the least of his concerns.
It is what it is
Known for being straightforward in addressing any issues about his life, White blatantly said nothing outside his personal matters to him. And if there are people who think he didn’t face enough punishment in his professional life, it’s not his problem anymore.
“The only thing that matters is my personal life. What else is there?” White said Saturday at UFC Vegas 67 post-fight press conference… I told you, I was going to leave in 2016 with the sale. Could’ve sat out during COVID. What should my punishment be? And you say, ‘There’s going to be repercussions in your personal life, but none in your professional life.’ But what matters other than my personal life? Nothing. Nothing matters except for my personal life. This is great, love doing it. Don’t have to do it.”
Dana White asked what message it sends that he did not face any punishments in his professional life for the NYE incident. pic.twitter.com/qCP15KLkit
— Jed I. Goodman © (@jedigoodman) January 15, 2023
A dramatic aftermath
Indeed, White surely did not expect things would be as dramatic as it is now. Nevertheless, White still showed up on UFC Vegas media day and stressed that people are entitled to their own opinion but the focus should be on the fighters and not on him.
It can be recalled that even UFC’s parent company, Endeavor has been called out by a women’s caucus for being silent about White’s situation. The caucus demanded for the dismissal of White as the UFC president in a letter addressed to Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel.
Despite the seemingly never-ending controversy of the incident, White has maintained his stance on the matter, pointing out that what truly matters at the of the day is his relationship with his wife and kids.
Moreover, Dana White, the leader of the Power Slap League, has stated that the league will not be canceled despite a video causing some controversy. The power slap debut on TBS has been rescheduled from January 11th to January 18th, but the first season will still air and White will continue to be at the helm of the slap fighting.