Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White told “Hannity” on Monday that he is working to keep his sport free from politics for the enjoyment of fans and athletes.
Host Sean Hannity noted that leagues like the NBA and NFL have seen their ratings crater as many of their headlining athletes like LA Lakers forward LeBron James and former 49ers quarterback from San Francisco Colin Kaepernick ushered in a politically charged era for American hobbies.
“You look at the NBA Finals scores: 5.6 million viewers, it’s a disaster … you look at what happened in Georgia with [MLB] when they had much more accessible election laws than Joe Biden’s Delaware state, “Hannity said.” If you look around the stadium, I don’t care about the sport, I see people from all walks of life, all races, all coming together because they love and have to share a passion for this sport, right? “
White replied that most people who are regular fans of professional sports are not fans because of politics:
“They don’t want to hear that. They don’t want to hear your opinions or who you vote for what you do, they want to get away from everything in their life and they want to focus on two, three, four hours whatever. or the duration of the game when you activated it. “
“[At UFC] we never talked about COVID or politics. “
At the same time, White said his athletes and staff are free to speak out at press conferences and the like, as is their right.
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“We don’t muzzle anyone, but we keep politics out of sport. If you wanna listen to that stuff just turn on any other station, you’ll hear whatever you wanna hear. When you log into the UFC , you are there to see the fights. “
White also responded to his criticisms in the media, including the Las Vegas Review-Journal in his sport’s home state of Nevada, which appeared to criticize him for hosting in-person sporting events with a compensating warning. the UFC against prosecution of people who may catch COVID while he is present.
On “Hannity,” White praised Jacksonville, Fla. Mayor Leonard Curry and Governor Ron DeSantis for working with the UFC to create a safe environment for clashes during COVID.
The Review-Journal criticized a recent event that took place in Jacksonville, but which included a warning that COVID “can cause serious and permanent damage to health [ticket] holder.”
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In response, White had told the outlet to “do it yourself” and called the Las Vegas newspaper a “piece of s —“, further advising their reporters not to attend an upcoming fight in. July with Irish martial artist Conor MacGregor.
White said he takes the coronavirus seriously and made sure to protect his employees and athletes by going so far as to contact the Emirati royal family to create ‘Fight Island’ in Abu Dhabi last year – as a neutral and sterile place. to organize events.
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