UFC president Dana White removed a sheet from her friend Donald Trump’s playbook and launched a media attack for her promotion reports.
The UFC recently resumed the competition without a live audience. However, many publications – including the New York Times and the Guardian – expressed concern about the Covid-19 security protocols during the fighting and the fact that UFC tried to silence fighters and journalists covering the events.
“We were trying to find solutions to problems [of enforcing coronavirus protocols] is [asking] how to bring sports safely back and health and safety is a problem for us, “said White in an appearance on Fox News’s Hannity show.” Every single weekend, when we were conducting these events, we had so many people, you know, the New York Times and so many other media people trying to sabotage events so it couldn’t happen. “
White also called Kevin Draper, the New York Times reporter, who described UFC’s return to action as “an idiot”. White followed Trump complaining that the media didn’t give him positive coverage.
“I mean, this guy has just arrived in the New York Times, interviewed the president of [UFC broadcaster] ESPN, Jimmy Pitaro, for 45 minutes, lost 45 minutes of his time and never used one of his quotes, “said White.” Do you know why? Because they were positive. “
Both Trump and White welcomed the individual reporters who criticized them. Last week, White used a UFC press conference to attack Draper’s reports.
“Fuck that guy. Fuck that guy, ”White said. “That guy who never covered the sport was writing a story about Endeavor [UFC’s parent company] and then the UFC was one of the Endeavors … you know. And what happened when this guy and this document covered the UFC – when they never covered it before? What do you think happened?
“This fucking story has been enormous. They made killer trafficking. Now they write stories, three a week, and publish live results. I don’t care what this guy thinks or what he has to say, what he writes. Good for him, he’s attracting traffic. “
During his appearance on Hannity on Monday, White said he wasn’t sure when fans would be able to participate in the fighting again.
“It’s crazy. It’s difficult to know,” he said. “You know, you get different information from different people and different sources. You know, we’ll end up living in a world where … you’ll have to sign a waiver to go to a sporting event and, you know, and say, “Hey, I know, you know, the Covid-19 virus is out there and, you know , I’m going to take the risk and go to the sporting event. “