Dana White has been in the center of attention after the New Year’s Eve incident with his wife, Anna, where the two slapped each other.
The UFC president decided to address this issue in a UFC Fight Night: Strickland vs. Imamov press conference; reiterating that there’s no excuse for what he has done.
And that fighters shouldn’t stay quiet on their opinion if they don’t want to:
What happened on New Year’s Eve is mine, my mistake. Not theirs. And obviously, nobody is more about free speech than me, and if one of the fighters wants to come out and voice their opinion on it, and whatever it might be, then by all means.
I’m sure you guys have seen the TMZ video and seen my interview. It was a horrible personal experience and there’s no excuses for it.
Something I have to deal with and live with for the rest of my life.
He doesn’t want fans defending him either:
This thing that I didn’t talk about on TMZ because I didn’t expect it and I didn’t see it coming, is the people that are defending me.
There’s never an excuse, I’m sure you guys have read some of the same stuff that I’ve seen. There’s no defense for this and people should not be defending me over this thing, no matter what.
All the criticism that I have received this week is a hundred percent warranted and will receive in the future…
There’s only one side of this. It’s my side.