Power slap league founder found himself in hot water on NYE when he was caught on camera in a physical dispute with his wife.
White tried to jump ahead of the scandal and had TMZ publish an interview with him in the very same article as the video exclusive. UFC’s broadcasting partner ESPN ran a headline on their main page “UFC’s Dana White apologizes for physical altercation with wife” and soft balled the incident declining to further comment.
And while White has been unwavering in his condemnation of himself – he’s somehow convinced his boss Ari Emanuel of Endeavor (UFC’s parent company) that he’s a key figure to keep UFC as lucrative as it is.
“There are no excuses for it,” White said. “It’s something I’m going to have to deal with and live with for the rest of my life.”
“There’s no defense for this, and people should not be defending me over this thing, no matter what. All the criticism I have received this week is 100% warranted and will receive in the future.”
Comedian Mark Normand who also co hosts the popular ‘Protect our Parks’ podcast with Joe Rogan, had another take on the situation:
“Dana White. Oh, Dana White. He’s slapped the s**t out of his wife. Yeah, that’s right. I love the guys. Like, hey, she hit him first. You know, he’s a feminist. You know, the Dana White slap? He hit his wife. I wish Rogan was there to go. Ooooooh, that’d be fun.”
“Was Herb Dean there, like, all right, all right, all right.”
“That’s it. That’s it. No, I know he’s not a fighter, but these fighter guys, they tend to hit their wives a lot. I think as they fight all day, they just go home. They’re like, Oh, s**t, sorry, I got to keep working at work. You know? I go like, I’m a comedian, I go home, I make jokes to my wife.”
“She’s like, Could you turn it off? And I’m like, Oh, okay, now maybe I will let you. But that.”