Dana White He knows all about the chaos that comes with arranging free seats at an event.
The UFC chief has been on both sides of the equation, and he recently recounted a miserable experience he was trying to be present at Ronda Rossi Match at WrestleMania. (White did not say which WrestleMania he was talking about.) Former WWE Chairman Vince McMahon – who announced his retirement last week amid Alleged allegations of sexual misconduct – It was cageside for UFC 276 in Las Vegas on July 2, and White says he treated McMahon with much more respect than he had.
White said this week after the season premiere competitor series. “I gave him much better seats than he gave me when I went to see Rhonda. This guy was me in ******—I’m not even a **** of you. First of all,” Rhonda says, “You have to be in this.” the event. I want you to be there, and all that stuff. I said, “Ronda, I won’t miss her to the world.” She’s like, ‘Okay, I’ll tell you you’re coming. Wonderful, wonderful.’
“I fly to New Orleans f******. No going back and none of that ***, [they said] “They are in the contact window for you.” I go to f****** and we will call the window and [they said]We don’t have any tickets for you. I call some people, ‘Yeah, we found them. Well, we’ve got your tickets. When I tell you I was in the rafters… people would come up to me and go, “Why are you sitting in these benches?” I said, “That’s where they sat, so I’m going to sit here here.”
“I think it was Pat McAfee today,” he said, “You should be in decent seats. I was on camera. The photographer had to crawl about 75 people, kicking someone out of his decent seat three rows in front of me to get that shot. They told me what they thought of me at that event.”
Team White regularly distributes front row tickets to fighters and other special guests, so when he was sent to nosebleeds at WrestleMania, he was confident it wasn’t a coincidence.
“When you run an event like you do, and you have people coming in that you know are coming and you give them the right or the respect, you make sure they take care of them,” White said. . “So when you attend an event like this—this is what I do, this is what I do for a living for the last 23 years—you get the message. You know what I mean?
“And no hard feelings, I understand. Vince is like that and that’s how it is. I sat in my seats and watched the whole event and then we left.”
After telling the story, White was asked about a recent situation for the head coach of the Alpha Mill team Uriah Faber He went to strike for his fighter Josh Emmett for what he considered disrespectful treatment of a featherweight competitor. Faber Kahn said “Really bulls ***” That Emmett wasn’t caged for the featherweight champion Alexander VolkanovskyHis last title defense against Max Holloway at UFC 276.
White explained that it was just a misunderstanding on Emmett’s part regarding the sponsor who also supplies him with tickets.
“First of all, Uriah Faber was unaware of what had happened in that event,” White said. All of these fighters get tickets. How many fighters have you heard, “Oh my God, they put me in the game, they did this and that?” You never hear that. do you know why? Because it never happens ******. I’m not saying we’re perfect because we’re not, we make mistakes here and there.
“What happened is that Josh Emmett got tickets for his fighters from us. He also got tickets from his sponsor. He took his tickets from his sponsor and not the tickets from us. That’s where the sponsor seats were for him.”
Wyatt’s interpretation was confirmed by a recent interview with Emmett MyMMANews which discussed it confused.
“There was a misunderstanding,” Emmett said. “The UFC had cage-side tickets for me. I showed up with one of my sponsors and they had tickets for me too and they kind of wanted me to sit in the section with them and I didn’t know that.”
White explained that despite his embarrassing experience at WrestleMania, he deeply respects McMahon, who has been in charge of WWE for 40 years. Although the two promotional giants have been at times at odds with each other, White has praised McMahon’s work.
“What this guy built and what he did is incredible,” White said. “He’s been doing this for over 50 years. I watched those things as a kid and then I’m still here doing them now, it’s amazing. He’s a killer. He’s buried a hatchet in my back a few times, but that’s what you’re dealing with. You’re not dealing with a killer nor You expect him to try to kill you. I have nothing but respect for Vince.”
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