UFC President Dana White flew to Australia for the GQ Magazine’s Man of the Year Awards and to promote a pair of UFC events that the country will host next month and in 2019. But his visit to Australia took a surprise turn as he had a tense exchange with host Waleed Aly during the Tuesday’s episode of The Project.
The promotion chief spoke to Aly on the Channel 10 show yesterday and was caught off-guard when the male co-host questioned White’s handling of the infamous bus attack last April and the ugly post-fight brawl that broke out at UFC 229.
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In an awkward interview, Aly brought up the McGregor and Nurmagomedov drama then criticized White for his lack of actions over both incidents. The Australian host wanted to know if the UFC handed real punishment to both stars after separate brawls and insisted that White ‘love this kind of stuff because it is great for promotion, to which the UFC boss responded: “You know, ‘This happened and it was bad, but it’s good for your business’, it’s really not good for business when things like that happen. We don’t need that type of stuff to sell a fight.”
Then things got more personal as Aly said that the UFC was behind the controversial bus attack, where McGregor threw a dolly to a bus that was carrying Khabib and his team.
“You don’t suspend them, you don’t do anything. In the bus situation where McGregor’s attacking that bus, there’s high def cameras ready to capture it so the vision is great. It just looks like you’re all over this.”
An irate White replied, “But do you understand, he (McGregor) got arrested … he went to jail! He had to go before the New York Attorney-General. So they already took care of it, what am I going to do? What’s a suspension going to do? He was suspended, he couldn’t fight because he was in jail!”
Watch the full interview in the video below:
Fans, including Australian viewers, quickly criticized the controversial host for disrespecting the UFC boss on national TV instead of promoting the UFC Fight Night 142, which will be held in Adelaide on December 1 and the UFC 234 in Melbourne early next year. Here are some of the feistiest reactions from the Twitter-verse:
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