UFC President Dana White has admitted to hitting his wife during a fight on New Year’s Eve
UFC president Dana White has spoken out about the New Year’s Eve incident in which he was seen on camera getting into a violent altercation with his wife.
This happened at a Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, club. White has stated in an interview that he accepts responsibility for the incident.
On Monday, TMZ released a video purportedly showing White and his wife Anna arguing at the Squid Roe nightclub while the couple’s relatives looked on.
TMZ quotes eyewitnesses who say that Anna slapped White and White retaliated by slapping Anna before the two were separated.
White told TMZ, “I’m in Cabo, Mexico, for the holidays with my family and my wife and I were out with family on New Year’s Eve, and sadly that’s what happened. I’m one of the guys, you heard me say for years: There’s never, ever an excuse for a guy to put his hands on a woman. And now here I am on TMZ talking about it. My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years. We’ve known each other since we were almost 12 years old. We’ve obviously been through some sh*t together and we’ve got three kids, and this is one of those situations that’s horrible.
“I’m embarrassed, but it’s also one of those situations where we’re more concerned about our kids. We have three kids, and obviously since the video popped up, we’ve shown the kids the video and we’re more focused on our family right now. People are going to have their opinions on this. Most of the people’s opinions will be right – especially in my case. You don’t put your hands on a woman ever. My wife and I obviously love each other. We’ve been together for a very long time. We’ve known each other since we were very little and this is just one of those unfortunate situations.”
White said drinking played a factor in the fight with his wife and that he “I don’t remember a lot” about what happened before and afterward. White stated that he and his family are still in Mexico and that he has discussed the aftermath with Anna and his three kids.
White admitted “There was definitely a lot of alcohol, but there’s no excuse,”. “I’m literally making no excuses for this thing at all. It’s never happened before. It’s the first time that it’s ever happened, and people are going to say what they’re going to say. It is what it is. And whatever people do say, it’s deserved. I deserve it. It happened. I don’t know why it happened and my wife and I have apologized to each other, we’ve apologized to our kids, and this is one of those things that everyone is going to chime in. I could care less what people think about this. We’re more concerned about our kids and taking care of our family.”
Anna also gave a statement to TMZ, explaining her side of events and defending White’s claim that violent altercations between them are rare.
“Dana and I have been married for almost 30 years,” Anna stated. “To say this is out of character for him is an understatement – nothing like this has ever happened before. Unfortunately, we were both drinking too much on New Year’s Eve and things got out of control, on both sides. We’ve talked this through as a family and apologized to each other. I just hope people will respect our privacy for the sake of our kids.”