Presenter Calls Out Dana White In Heated Row Over Conor McGregor

Ruben Hill
November 17, 2018

On Tuesday, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White appeared on Australian news program "The Project" to promote the upcoming UFC Fight Night 142 in Adelaide as well as UFC 234, which will take place next February in Melbourne and is headlined by Australia-based New Zealander Robert Whittaker. It's really not good for business when things like that happen, we don't need that type of stuff to sell a fight.

White was particularly perturbed by Aly's criticism that McGregor wasn't suspended for his infamous attack on a bus carrying some of his fiercest UFC rivals, suggesting that the incident was "staged".

But things quickly got tense when Aly questioned White about the UFC's reluctance to discipline fighters, plus the convenient presence of cameras when they caused trouble. What's a suspension going to do? "I get it, the state suspended him and you said, 'Come back and fight again, ' that's what happened", Aly said.

Earlier in the interview, Dana explained the cameras which captured the bus attack were there because they were in the middle of filming the show UFC Embedded, "where we follow the fighters around".

The next NSAC meeting is scheduled for December 10 and that could be the date where all the punishments are handed out for the UFC 229 post-fight brawl.

In essence it any suspension will not mean anything, and it is clear that White simply wants to keep both fighters happy in order to maximise the amount of money that can be made with them.

"If they reach a settlement with the Attorney General, then it would be past practice for us to waive that appearance". What else am I gonna do? I just want to say from the bottom of my heart, I'd just like to take the time to apologize ... to absolutely nobody! Suspend them for another year. "How does that even make sense?"

Between those two fights, McGregor worked on his personal brand by launching a clothing line and a bottle of whiskey called Proper No. Twelve.

Carrie Bickmore: "I know you're saying that it is all real, but it feels like the fighting bit is real, but the rest of it is just a little bit of showbiz?"

White responded: "Reality is better than any script you could ever write. If you think that we would put our top guy in a position where he attacks a bus, hurts other fighters then gets sued by all of them and then gets arrested ... we're not that good". White also clarified that McGregor did get punished as he went to jail for his involvement in April.

McGregor and Nurmagomedov received temporary suspensions from the NSAC for their actions, which marred the biggest pay-per-view event in UFC history.

Nurmagomedov sparked a huge melee moments after submitting McGregor with a fourth-round neck crank to retain his lightweight title.

McGregor, 30, signed a rich new six-fight deal before facing Nurmagomedov. In August that year, he took part in a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, despite never having boxed before, and was knocked out cold by the retired boxing legend in the 10 round.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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