Cormier, a former UFC two-division champion and current commentator, disapproves of White slapping his wife in a disturbing video from New Year’s Eve. Although it’s not shocking to hear ‘DC’ condemn domestic violence, the 43-year-old was slightly more vocal than most UFC employees and partners.
During an episode of DC & RC, Cormier had this to say about the UFC president:
“Everybody waits for an opinion on a situation like this, but I’ll tell you this right now. Dana White was wrong, and he told you he was wrong. We have long been told our entire lives that we are not supposed to put our hands on women…”
Cormier continued by giving White credit for owning up to his actions. He had this to say:
“In these instances, the one thing you think about first is the family… how they will get through this. But Dana White himself has gone on record of saying you are not supposed to put your hands on women. He understands that. He took accountability immediately… Dana is making no excuses for his actions. Some fighters are trying to defend him, (but ) he doesn’t defend himself. Why should anyone go and defend an action that he’s saying, I was wrong? Everyone knows that it’s wrong. There’s no debate.”
Some people believe White was justified in slapping his wife because she hit him first. Unfortunately, several UFC fighters were defending the 53-year-old, including light heavyweight title contender Jamahal Hill. Cormier denied those beliefs and hopes the UFC president has the plan to right his wrongs.
Daniel Cormier questions what happens next with Dana White
Like most of the MMA community, Daniel Cormier wants to know what’s next for Dana White. Although some people want White suspended or fired, Cormier has a different idea. He had this to say on DC & RC:
“For me, it’s what happens next. How does Dana White become a voice for trying to help people in these situations? How does he go forward and lead the charge to try to help people to try to come back from this type of situation? Domestic violence and all these other things…”
The lack of comment from ESPN and Endeavor has implied that White will not face repercussions. It’s nice to hear Cormier not give the UFC president any excuses, but slightly praising him for apologizing is still somewhat disappointing. To be fair, ‘DC’ works for the UFC and ESPN, putting him in a weird position to speak out.
— Jed I. Goodman © (@jedigoodman) January 4, 2023