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Dana White has message for those supporting him after incident with wife

Jun 11, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; UFC president Dana White during weigh ins for UFC 263 at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dana White has said there is no excuse for the physical altercation he had with his wife earlier this month, and the UFC president does not want any of his fans trying to justify his actions, either.

White spoke with reporters this week about the video that showed him and his wife slapping each other at a nightclub in Mexico on New Year’s Eve. He specifically addressed those who have supported and defended him after the incident. White’s message to those people was to stop.

“One thing that I do want to clarify that I didn’t talk about on TMZ, because I didn’t expect it and I didn’t see it coming, is the people who are defending me,” White said. “There’s never an excuse. There’s no defense for this. People should not be defending me over this thing no matter what. All the criticism I have received this week, and will receive in the future, is 100 percent warranted.”

White, 53, made similar remarks when he spoke with TMZ days after the altercation. He confirmed that both he and his wife had been drinking heavily, but he said there is nothing that would justify him putting his hands on a woman.

White’s wife Anne also issued a statement and said the incident was “out of character” for White. Both apologized to one another, and White said they were more concerned about how their actions have impacted their three children.

Dana and Anne met in the eighth grade and have been married since 1996. They have two sons and a daughter together.

TBS makes decision on Dana White’s ‘Power Slap’ show

Jun 11, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; UFC president Dana White during weigh ins for UFC 263 at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

UFC president Dana White was recently caught on video exchanging slaps with his wife during a physical altercation, and the timing of the incident could not have been worse for White’s upcoming reality show.

White is getting set to launch the Power Slap League, which is a competition consisting of of two people alternating slaps to the face for three rounds or until a knockout occurs. The venture is funded by White and his former UFC business partners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta. The show, which is called “Power Slap: Road to the Title,” was initially scheduled to premiere on TBS Jan. 11.

After a video surfaced that showed White and his wife slapping each other last weekend at a club in Mexico, there were questions about whether the Power Slap League was doomed. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post reports that the promotion will air on Jan. 18, however.

White spoke about the incident with his wife this week. He confirmed that he and his wife had been drinking heavily but said there is no excuse for his actions. White’s wife, Anne, also issued a statement saying the incident was “out of character” for White. The two met met in the eighth grade and have been married since 1996.

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Oscar De La Hoya took jab at rival Dana White over altercation with wife

Apr 17, 2016; Long Beach, CA, USA; Oscar De La Hoya poses during the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the streets of Long Beach. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Oscar De La Hoya has not boxed professionally since 2008, but he still can throw some punches.

De La Hoya took a jab at rival promoter Dana White over the UFC boss’ physical altercation that went viral.

White was captured on video slapping his wife at a club in Mexico over New Year’s. He said that alcohol was involved and influenced his behavior, which he described as “embarrassing.”

De La Hoya saw the story and tweeted a link to it. He added his commentary to it.

“My good friend @danawhite is so greedy he decided to steal fighter pay from his new league on TBS ‘Power Slap’ by getting fighter of the night against his WIFE. Those Boston aerobic instructors are real tough guys,” he said.

De La Hoya was referencing the new “Power Slap League” White has been promoting. “Fighter of the Night” is an award the UFC hands out at the end of fight cards. And De La Hoya was jabbing White with the “Boston aerobic instructors” line; White was a boxing instructor in Boston prior to his involvement in the UFC.

White has said on the record in the past that you don’t come back from hitting a woman. Neither the UFC, parent company Endeavor, nor broadcast partner ESPN have commented on the video, though Oscar has.

Dana White captured on video exchanging slaps with wife

Jun 11, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; UFC president Dana White during weigh ins for UFC 263 at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dana White and his wife were involved in a physical altercation with one another at a nightclub in Mexico over the weekend, and the UFC boss says any criticism he receives over the incident is well deserved.

White and his family were vacationing in Cabo San Lucas when he and his wife Anne went to a nightclub to celebrate New Year’s Eve. The couple was in a VIP area when Dana appeared to whisper something to Anne, and Anne responded by slapping him across the face. Dana then returned the slap to the face and the two tussled for several seconds before being separated.

The exchange was captured on video by a fellow nightclub patron. Eye witnesses told TMZ that Dana and Anne, who have been married for 26 years, seemed very intoxicated.

White spoke with TMZ about the incident and said he has no excuse for his actions.

“You’ve heard me say for years there’s never ever an excuse for a guy to put his hands on a woman, and now here I am on TMZ talking about it,” White said. “My wife and I have been married almost 30 years. We’ve known each other since we were 12 years old. We’ve obviously been through some s— together. We’ve got three kids. This is one of those situations that’s horrible. I’m embarrassed. But it’s also one of those situations that, right now, we’re more concerned about our kids.”

White also confirmed that he and his wife had been drinking heavily.

“There was definitely a lot of alcohol involved, but that’s no excuse,” he said. “I literally am making no excuses for this at all.”

Anne also issued a statement to TMZ. She said the altercation was “out of character” and that she and Dana have apologized to one another.

“Dana and I have been married for almost 30 years. To say this is out of character for him is an understatement — nothing like this has ever happened before,” Anne said. “Unfortunately, we were both drinking too much on New Year’s Eve and things got out of control, on both sides. We’ve talked this through as a family and apologized to each other. I just hope people will respect our privacy for the sake of our kids.”

Dana and Anne met in the eighth grade and have been married since 1996. They have two sons and a daughter together.

Dana White says he was given grim health prognosis

Jun 11, 2021; Glendale, Arizona, USA; UFC president Dana White during weigh ins for UFC 263 at Gila River Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dana White is still as involved as ever in the UFC’s business. But there was a time not too long ago when the UFC boss had concerns about how much longer he would be able to do his job. Actually, he was probably more concerned about how much longer he had to live.

White joined The Action Junkeez Podcast for an episode that was released on Sept. 20. During the interview, the 53-year-old talked about how he was analyzed by “human biologist & mortality expert” Gary Brecka. After taking blood samples and looking at White’s markers, Brecka predicted the UFC boss would be dead in 10.4 years.

“So, he ends up coming out, he sits down for three-and-a-half hours and goes through my blood work. And I’m all f—ed up. My triglycerides are like 764—they should be down between 80 and 150—and everything else that could possibly be bad is bad. He gave me 10.4 years to live. This was 16 weeks ago. And he says, ‘If you don’t change these things that you’re gonna do, this is your life expectancy right now,'” White said in the interview, via Bloody Elbow.

The grim prognosis prompted some serious and immediate health changes from White.

White said he made all the recommended health changes, including losing 30 pounds. He says that helped relieve issues he was having with his legs and also ended his sleep apnea and snoring problems. His snoring was so bad that he said it led him to vomit at night and was creating esophagus issues.

But all that is gone, and White says he feels like he is 35 again. That’s a good thing for him, his family, and the UFC, which he has run since 2001.

Dana White shuts down Joe Rogan rumor

Dana White on Saturday shut down a rumor about Joe Rogan.

Rogan was not a part of ESPN’s UFC 271 pay-per-view broadcast despite originally being scheduled to do so. A report on Friday said that Rogan would not be a part of the broadcast due to a “scheduling conflict.”

White, the UFC boss, said after the fight card that the conflict talk was incorrect. He implied it was Rogan’s choice not to work.

“There’s no conflict of schedule. Joe Rogan didn’t work tonight. Joe Rogan could have worked tonight … I don’t know what Joe Rogan had to do, you guys will have to ask Joe Rogan. There was no ‘Joe couldn’t work tonight’ or anything like that. I know that came out, it’s total bulls—,” White said.

We characterized the situation as Rogan being pulled from the broadcast, but White is suggesting Rogan decided not to participate.

The 54-year-old UFC commentator and podcast host has been in headlines as the target of what he called a “political hit job.” Various groups have targeted him, his “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast, and Spotify, in an apparent “cancellation” attempt. Spotify, which in 2020 paid $100 million to become the exclusive podcast home of Rogan’s show, has deleted some of Rogan’s show episodes and added disclaimers to other episodes in response to those who have targeted Rogan.

Whether it was Rogan, Spotify, ESPN, the UFC or someone else, it sure seems like someone decided it would be best for Rogan to skip the event.

Photo: Jul 9, 2021; Las Vegas, Nevada, USA; Joe Rogan hosts weigh ins for UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Dana White following the Joe Rogan regimen after catching COVID

Dana White revealed on Wednesday that he and his entire family currently have COVID-19. The UFC boss also said that he is following the Joe Rogan regimen for treating the virus and has had excellent results so far.

White joined “The Jim Rome Podcast” for an episode that was published on Wednesday. During the interview, White told Rome that he and his entire family gathered in Maine for Thanksgiving, which is their annual tradition. He says they all caught COVID during the trip.

White realized on Sunday he had contracted COVID when he was unable to smell. He told Rome that his first phone call thereafter was to UFC announcer Joe Rogan, who beat COVID by using a series of therapies.

“I cold plunge and steam every day,” White said. “So I get out of the cold plunge and steam (on Sunday), and I spray the eucalyptus and I was like, ‘What the hell?’ I couldn’t smell anything. So I opened the bottle and start sniffing the bottle of eucalyptus, and I couldn’t smell and I was like, ‘I know what this means.’ I literally got out of the steam and got on my phone and called Joe Rogan.

“I get up, 9 o’clock Monday morning, and I get tested. He said get monoclonal antibodies in you as soon as possible, so I did. By noon, I had the monoclonal antibodies in me. Then he told me to do a NAD drip. I did that right after. The next day – so Sunday at 8 o’clock at night I have no taste or smell. I get up Tuesday getting ready to shave. Cleaning my razor, I could smell the alcohol. My taste and smell were back by the next day by 11 o’clock. Then I took a dose of ivermectin. Then yesterday I did a vitamin drip, and today I’m doing another NAD drip.”

White said that the complex regimen of treatments have helped him feel great quickly.

“Never felt better. I’m feeling like a million bucks. I’m doing two-a-day workouts for the next 10 days while I have COVID and I’m in quarantine. I got my smell and taste back in less than 24 hours.”

White, who says he is vaccinated against COVID, says he will continue to test himself with hopes of testing negative. He is hoping to be cleared to attend UFC’s event on Saturday at the UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas.

Photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Dana White asked if he illegally streamed Canelo Alvarez fight

Dana White had his mind on two different fight cards on Saturday night.

White, who is the president of the UFC, attended the UFC 268 pay-per-view event at Madison Square Garden in New York. He also was seen watching the Canelo Alvarez-Caleb Plant fight on a TV screen while sitting cageside at the UFC event (video here).

White was asked after UFC 268 how many more pay-per-view buys they generated than the Canelo fight card, which was distributed by Showtime pay-per-view. White, a boxing fan and former boxing trainer, said he thought it was stupid for the boxing card to compete with the UFC card. But he also said he hoped the boxing fight sold well.

White was also asked whether he paid for the fight. He gave a funny face in response as if he had been caught, and sheepishly said yes.

Given the amount of money White said he wagered on the Canelo fight, we’re guessing he threw down the $80 for the pay-per-view, despite his reaction to the question.

Dana White seen watching Canelo Alvarez fight during UFC event

Dana White sat in his usual ringside spot for UFC 268 on Saturday night, but that didn’t stop him from tuning into the big Canelo Alvarez-Caleb Plant fight.

Arash Markazi sat behind White at UFC 268, and he noticed that the UFC president was one of several people who were watching the Alvarez-Plant fight on a laptop.

A lot of people found it ironic that White was watching a boxing match in the middle of his own company’s pay-per-view event. White had no problem admitting it, however. He told reporters after UFC 268 that he watched the Alvarez fight because he bet $100,000 on Canelo.

White won the bet, of course, as Alvarez destroyed Plant with an 11th-round knockout (video here). Canelo retained his three super middleweight championship belts with the win and claimed Plant’s IBF title to give him four titles across the weight class.

Dana White shares what UFC’s big mistake was on Saturday

UFC 264 generated 1.8 million pay-per-view buys and went down as a big success businesswise. Unfortunately, Conor McGregor broke his leg at the end of the first round of the main event, which marred the evening. But that wasn’t the biggest issue for the card in Dana White’s eyes.

White told TMZ Sports that not showing President Donald Trump on the broadcast was the big mistake. He tried to explain to TMZ Sports what happened.

“We were getting ready to show him right between the co-main and main events, I think you remember that we showed (Odell Beckham Jr.). We showed OBJ, then it was supposed to go to David Spade, 2 Chainz, and then the president, and we had some kinda glitch in the truck. Then the Conor (McGregor) fight ended up ending in the second round, so we never got a chance.

“Let me tell you what, massive f— up by my production team, but ya know, it’s live TV, and these things happen.”

Trump was one of many celebrities to attend the fight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. on Saturday. He received cheers and “USA” chants, though he was not shown on TV.

Trump has had a positive relationship with the UFC for several years, going back to his Taj Mahal in Atlantic City hosting UFC fight cards since 2000. That relationship extended to UFC boss Dana White speaking at the Republican National Convention last year.