Dana White called a New York Times reporter a “d***head” in a furious rant at the media for “trying to sabotage our events”.
The UFC chief was not happy with some sections of the press who he accused of ignoring the positives of UFC 249, which went ahead in Florida on May 9th despite coronavirus concerns.
UFC Fight Night 176 also went ahead a week later in Florida, with both events held behind closed doors.
In total the MMA brand has held three shows since a two-month break because of coronavirus, but White was not happy with some of the coverage.
“We were trying to figure out solutions to the problems and asking how do you bring sports back safely,” White said.
“Health and safety is an issue for us.
“Every single weekend when we were leading up to these events, we had so many, New York Times and so many other media people trying to sabotage the events so it couldn’t happen.”
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Significant COVID-19 testing programs were in place ahead of the events and the big one at UFC 249 saw just one cancellation after Jacare Souza – who was set to fight Uriah Hall – and his team tested positive.
Questions were continually asked about the safety of the shows, and White took particular offence at Kevin Draper from the New York Times.
“I mean, this guy just got in the New York Times, interviewed the president of ESPN, Jimmy Pitaro, for 45 minutes,” White added.
“He wasted 45 minutes of his time and never used one of his quotes.
“You know why? Because they were positive.”
Justin Gaethje upset Tony Ferguson in the main event at UFC 249, and Henry Cejudo, Francis Ngannou, Glover Teixeira and Britain’s Alistair Overeem also claimed victory across the events that week.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was republished with permission