Dana White has released an apology after footage captured the businessman fighting his wife during an alcohol-fueled New Year’s Eve party in Mexico.
The clip shows the pair celebrating at El Squid Roe in Cabo, San Lucas. White appears to say something to his partner, who reacts by slapping him. The incident left the 53-year-old enraged, and unable to control his emotions.
White slapped her back twice before the pair were split up.
The UFC President, who has been married to Anne for 26 years, agreed to give TMZ an interview to explain the situation.
He said: “My wife and I were out Saturday night on New Year’s Eve. Unfortunately, that is what happened.
“I am one of the guys who says there is never, ever an excuse for a guy to put his hands on a woman, and now here I am on TMZ talking about it.
“This is one of those situations that is horrible. I am embarrassed. We have three kids, and since the video popped up, we have shown the kids, and we are more focused on our family right now.
“People are going to have their opinions on this, and people’s opinions would be right, especially in my case. You don’t put your hands on a woman, ever.”
His wife, Anne, added: “To say this is out of character for him is an understatement – nothing like this has ever happened before.
“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.”
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Dana White has a strong stance on domestic violence
Back in 2014, he claimed that there’s no way back after a man attacks a woman.
As per MMA Fighting, he claimed: “There’s one thing that you never bounce back from, and that’s putting your hands on a woman, been that way in the UFC since we started here. You don’t bounce back from putting your hands on a woman.”
While White didn’t unleash the first blow, the majority of fans are furious with his actions. Therefore, his immediate future is unclear.
The next UFC event will take place on January 14 in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, we’re unsure whether he’ll watch the bill in person.
White concluded: “My legacy and all this other stuff with work doesn’t mean anything to me. It’s all about your family. It’s about your wife and kids.”
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