Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White received a heavy criticism after he was spotted slapping his wife Anne White during a New Year party at a nightclub in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The UFC fraternity offered their views on the incident as bantamweight fighter Sean O'Malley weighed in with an arguable comment.
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As the video clip went viral, Dana White offered a public apology through TMZ on Monday and 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 say 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. 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."
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While talking on his YouTube channel, O’Malley said, "This happened New Year’s and it came out Monday which is rare. TMZ s**t usually comes out instantly. They got good PR behind (them). He came out with an apology which I watched. I thought he said everything he needed to say but it seemed genuine. God, it’s hard with alcohol. There’s two things, alcohol and chicks don’t mix. You know what I mean. I feel bad for Dana. His wife slapped him. That is rude and it deserves a slapping back."
When his brother said she did not deserve to get hit back, O'Malley blamed the incident over alcohol consumption and said, "I don’t know it’s a tricky one. It’s like, treat people how you want to be treated. I don’t think, sober, would he have done that? No. I would assume sober, no drinks, she slaps him, I don’t think his initial reaction is to slap back. When that alcohol’s flowing, I’ve never hit a girl, but I’ve been blacked out and I’ve done things that I can’t believe I’ve done. What if that was his like, f—k, he did and was like, I don’t know. I don’t think it was right. Obviously, you should not hit, especially a little girl like that. But alcohol is flowing, and she hit him first."
UFC's parent company Endeavor declines to comment
Andy Nesbitt of USA TODAY reached out to the senior vice president of Endeavor, Maura McGreevy and reported that the company would not comment on Dana White's controversy and did not give any details about the 53-year-old facing any punishment.
Additionally, White’s new pet project around his slap fighting promotion, Power Slap, which was supposed to debut on January 11, has been delayed with the new date yet to be announced.
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