It all started when in a series of tweets, John Kavanagh posted images of himself and Johnny Walker exiting the T-Mobile Arena following his victory over Cutelaba.
At UFC 279, Johnny Walker defeated Ion Cutelaba by submission in the first round. Kavanagh’s biggest claim to fame is his coaching of Conor McGregor who is loyal to the team to date despite criticism.
After the Johnny Walker bout, John Kavanagh revealed he was asked to leave along with the barefoot Walker who still had his gloves on.
Kavanagh publicized the issue on Twitter.
”So @ufc just came and kicked us out. No tickets for us and not allowed stay back stage to watch. Pulled out back door, kicked out, no even shoes on”
— Coach Kavanagh (@John_Kavanagh) September 11, 2022
Walker can be seen leaving the arena in another video shared by Conor McGregor’s trainer without any shoes and with his gloves still on.
However one of the fans noticed that Walker no longer had the wraps under the gloves poking a hole in the conspiracy.
Chase Hooper, a UFC featherweight, added his perspective. He asserted that the UFC had established this new procedure in response to COVID-19:
”I’m pretty confident that’s the same thing they’ve been doing since COVID. They have you pack your bag up before you walkout to fight and they get you in and out. Not sure if there’s more to this, or if it’s just the same treatment everybody gets”
A different commenter pointed out that Ian Garry had to buy his own tickets for an event he was featured in at MSG last year.
White was asked about the tweets – in fact it was the first question he got at the press conference and he seemed snide and evasive.
“Lenny just told me a little bit about it before we walked in here. I guess ever since COVID, they started this thing where they get the fighters right out of here. I don’t know why that happened or what happened. I mean, we’re not throwing Johnny Walker out in the street through.”
When confronted by the fact that Walker was indeed barefoot in the picture White replied: