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Dana White forced to defend UFC on Australian Television

Thu, Nov 15, 9:31am by Staff Writer

UFC President Dana White came under intense scrutiny from The Project’s Waleed Aly on Tuesday evening regarding the aftermath of the recent Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov fight in New York.

The fight descended into chaos as Nurmagomedov jumped over the Octagon and attempted to confront members of McGregor’s camp following his fourth-round submission victory.

The win came after weeks of tense back and forth exchanges between the pair and even included McGregor being arrested in New York.

McGregor and his entourage attacked Nurmagomedov’s bus in April to hype their eventual fight at UFC 229 in October.

Aly was critical of the lack of punishment handed down to McGregor and Nurmagomedov and accused the UFC of staging the April bus attack.

Aly said, “let’s be totally honest, let’s be real … you love this stuff, it’s great for promotions, right.”

White responded and said, “we have a hearing that’s coming up in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) that’s coming up in December, they will down fines and suspensions and whatever they’re going to do.”

White fired back at Aly on Wednesday calling the whole interview “crazy”.

He went on to say, “it happens when you talk to really uneducated people; people who are uneducated about sport” in an interview with at the GQ Magazine Man of the Year awards in Sydney on Wednesday.

Two UFC events set for free-to-air television in air this December

Aly’s remarks were met with harsh criticism on social media and more peculiar was the fact that Network Ten is set to broadcast two live UFC events in December, including Adelaide’s Fight Night 142.

The arrangement was reached in late August and will mark the first time the UFC has aired on free-to-air television in Australia.

White’s visit to Australia was to promote the upcoming UFC events being held in Adelaide and Melbourne, as well as attend the aforementioned GQ event Magazine event in Sydney.

UFC Fight Night 142 will take place at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre on December 2.

The Adelaide card will be headlined by Australian Tai Tuivasa taking on Junior dos Santos in the heavyweight division.

25-year-old Tuivasa has become renowned for his post-fight celebrations that mirror those of Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo. The pair love a celebratory shoey, which involves drinking alcohol out of a shoe.

White was enthusiastic to be promoting more events Down Under stating, “this country has been very good to us, every time we have a fight in the UFC it’s incredible here in Australia and we want to go everywhere.”

UFC returns to Melbourne for a third time

UFC 234 in Melbourne on February 10 has also been confirmed with White’s presence on Australian shores.

The event will take place at Rod Laver Arena and mark the UFC’s third trip to Melbourne after UFC 193 in 2015 and UFC Fight Night 101 in 2016.

The event will see reigning UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker defend his title for the first time against Kelvin Gastelum.

Whitaker became the undisputed UFC middleweight champion after beating Yoel Romero in Las Vegas in July.

Talking up the fight White said, “what you’re going to see is an incredible fight. Both guys are knockout artists, both guys like to stand up and bang. The fights are always incredible here, so I’m looking forward to it,”

Whittaker is on a nine-fight unbeaten streak, while Gastelum coming into the bout riding a two-fight winning run.

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