Yesterday at the UFC 193 weigh-ins Ronda Rousey and Holly Holm got into a brief scuffle that came as a result of Holm resting her fist on Rousey’s face during the staredown. UFC President Dana White separated the two before things got out of hand, and defused the situation, however he still believes he didn’t do his job.
In addition, White shot down critics who stated that the scuffle was staged, and was used as a hype-tool to get more eyes on the already high profile event.
He spoke to Submission Radio:
“Well I can tell you this, that never happens. We never tell people to go do anything. If you look at the falling outs I’ve had with fighters over the years, don’t you think that fighters would come out and say ‘they told us to go do this, and they tell us to go do that’? We don’t tell the fighters to do anything. There’s no push to sell tickets. Two women are selling over 50,000 tickets here, and this things trending as one of the biggest pay-per-views we’ve ever done, let alone this year. Ronda went after her and it seemed like they were jockeying for position, either on the outside or whatever and then Holly’s hand was here [raises hand at shoulder height] and then just, Holly just hit her. And then it was on. But there’s no – it’s my job to make sure that that doesn’t happen and that they don’t put their hands on each other, and apparently I didn’t do my job today.”
You can see the brief scuffle by clicking THIS LINK.