Dana White Explains Why He Missed Francis Ngannou’s Win
UFC President Dana White is trying to squash any speculations that he purposely missed Francis Ngannou’s win on Saturday at UFC 270.
White’s rare absence during the title belt presentation made some noise, but it’s no secret that there’s been some differences between White and Ngannou’s management. When Ngannou was made aware that White wasn’t present at the post-fight presser, he laughed.
White, however, told ESPN+’s Laura Sanko why he didn’t wrap the belt around Ngannou’s waist.
“I actually walked out of the arena right after the co-main event ‘cause there was stuff going on backstage that I was dealing with. But for anybody to think that I was showing any type of disrespect toward Francis… I saw Francis all week, you idiots. I shook his hand, I said hi to him, I was out there for the staredowns, the whole thing,” he said.
White further explained himself and said this wasn’t the first time he had to deal with something backstage.
In 2016, White said he wasn’t out there for the Michael Bisping-Luke Rockhold fight either. He “sprinted from the back,” where he was dealing with “stuff,” and barely made it back in time to wrap the belt around Bisping.
There was, however, one time White did walk out of a fight.
“There’s only been one time that I’ve walked out on a fight, and made it very clear. I showed up to the press conference and said this was exactly why I left,” White added.
“It was in Abu Dhabi with Anderson Silva. I think it was the Demian Maia fight.”
Ngannou hasn’t been shy to share that he feels he hasn’t been treated fairly.