Dana White claims media tried to sabotage UFC's return

‘We had so many trying to sabotage the events’: Dana White slams UFC media as he labels New York Times reporter a ‘d***head’

  • The UFC made its highly-anticipated return with three events last week 
  • The promotion had received criticism for attempting to resume fights too soon
  • Dana White says certain media members were trying to bring down the events 
  • White was particularly unimpressed with New York Times reporter Kevin Draper
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

UFC president Dana White has once again hit out at the media, claiming certain members of it tried to ‘sabotage’ last week’s events.

White delivered on his promise to get the sport back up and running as soon as possible, the UFC hosting three shows following a two-month break due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The promotion had been criticised by sections of the media for attempting to return too soon and White was clearly unimpressed by the response.

UFC president Dana White has hit out at the media for their response to the UFC’s return 

‘We were trying to figure out solutions to the problems (of enforcing coronavirus protocols) and (asking) how do you bring sports back safely and health and safety is an issue for us,’ White said in an appearance on Fox News’s Hannity show.

‘Every single weekend when we were leading up to these events, we had so many, you know, New York Times and so many other media people trying to sabotage the events so that it couldn’t happen.’

White also went on to single out Kevin Draper, the New York Times reporter, labelling him a ‘d***head’. 

‘I mean, this guy just got in the New York Times, interviewed the president of (UFC broadcaster) ESPN, Jimmy Pitaro, for 45 minutes, wasted 45 minutes of his time and never used one of his quotes,’ he said. ‘You know why? Because they were positive.’   

White (R) claims certain journalists did their best to rey and sabotage last week’s events

The UFC’s comeback went about as well as could have been hoped for with only one fight falling through.

Jacare Souza and his team tested positive for Coivd-19 and thus he was removed from the UFC 249 card, a card which saw Justin Gaethje upset Tony Ferguson in the main event.

The week also saw big wins for Heery Cejudo, Francis Ngannou, Glover Teixeira and Alistair Overeem.

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