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Dana White Says UFC 229 Fell Short of 3 Million PPV Buys, But Did ‘Way Over’ 2 Million

UFC 229 didn’t hit 3 million pay-per-view buys, but it still did pretty well, according to Dana White.
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White: Blaming UFC For Khabib-McGregor Brawl A ‘Stupid Opinion’

There seems to be a lot of finger pointing in the aftermath of UFC 229, the mixed martial arts (MMA) pay-per-view (PPV) that ended with Khabib Nurmagomedov submitting Conor McGregor in the main event (highlights), then diving into the crowd to brawl with “Notorious” teammate Dillon Danis (replay here).

The lightweight “Eagle” believes the combat sports media is to blame for promoting trash talkers like McGregor, who hold nothing back during the build up to a fight and cut loose on family, religion, politics, and whatever else is deemed fair game.

Outspoken pundits (like this guy), meanwhile, are holding the promotion accountable for its “Bad Blood” narrative while hyping the Khabib-McGregor feud, suggesting that Dana White lit the fuse — then feigned surprise when the bomb went off.

“Dumbest quote I ever heard in my life, you’re an idiot whoever wrote that,” White told ESPN’s First Take. “The way that we promoted this fight was exactly the way that this thing played out. That’s all part of the storyline. Almost 20 years we’ve been doing this, we’ve had plenty of fights where there’s tons of bad blood and we don’t have fights after the fights. We have scuffles with guys in the back, I mean this is the fight business and a lot of people don’t like each other. That’s a stupid opinion.”

It should be noted the “Bad Blood” video preview was taken down immediately after the event. I think now is also a good time to point out that White grants leniency to troublesome fighters, so long as they do gangbusters at the box office.

Even though it often leads to this.

McGregor was in hot water earlier this year for his Brooklyn bus attack (video) and found himself in front of the local magistrate to answer for his crimes. While the end result for Nurmagomedov is likely to be much less dramatic, “The Eagle” will still need to appear before Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) and face potential disciplinary action.

Let’s hope UFC has a camera there to capture footage for marketing a potential Khabib-McGregor rematch.

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Dana White: Conor McGregor Has Already Called Wanting a Rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov

The future of the lightweight division will remain murky until the Nevada Athletic Commission decides how to handle to post-fight brawl at UFC 229 involving Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor and members of both fighters’ corners.
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Dana White: Nurmagomedov Could Be Stripped Depending on Length of NSAC Suspension

UFC 229 ended on a sour note as an all-out brawl broke out between Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s corner and Conor McGregor‘s corner. The ending brought a lot of controversy to what was supposed to be the biggest UFC card ever.
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Dana White: ‘There’s a Lot of Repercussions’ for What Khabib’s Team Did Tonight

UFC 229 will forever be remembered for what happened after Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted Conor McGregor to retain his lightweight belt at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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McGregor On White: ‘He Doesn’t Get Enough Credit That He Truly Deserves’

It’s no secret that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White loves when Conor McGregor is competing inside of the Octagon.

McGregor, who fights Khabib Nurmagomedov tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018) at UFC 229 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for the undisputed lightweight title, is the biggest star the promotion has ever seen (and maybe ever will). When he fights, UFC as a whole soars high.

While White has praised McGregor in the past, including a recent comparison to the great Muhammad Ali, rarely do we hear “Notorious” pay respect to the UFC president. That all changed during UFC 229’s final press conference earlier this week (full replay here) when McGregor voiced his appreciation for White and everything he has done for the sport.

“Thank you so much, Dana. I appreciate the kind words,” said McGregor regarding White’s Ali comparison. “I also have nothing but good things to say about you. You’re an OG (original gangster) of the fight game. The work you’ve put in over the years to get this sport to each pinnacle. Like, honestly you don’t get enough credit that you truly deserve.”

“Even this new ESPN deal that we got,” McGregor continued. “Like when Lorenzo [Fertitta] bowed out I wasn’t sure what would happen. Then with the ESPN deal done it’s like…you’re a true pioneer and an OG of the fight game and it’s an honor to be up here doing business with you.

“I know we’ve had our ups and downs in our work relationship but it’s an honor, brother, alright? Thank you so much. So thank you for them kind words about Muhammad Ali and always…you tell the truth. No matter what, you tell the truth.”

With a new six-fight deal in place, McGregor and White better be getting along. Because whether or not McGregor is victorious at UFC 229 the future is bright for both the Irishman and UFC. There is a lot of money to be made and new trails to blaze, such as UFC’s upcoming crossover to ESPN in 2019.

McGregor and White are sure to butt heads down the line, especially if McGregor puts his hands on another Brooklyn dolly, but at the end of the day business trumps all. And in the words of Conor McGregor, “Business is good.”

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 229 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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White: ‘I Will Try’ To Make Diaz Vs. Poirier A 5 Round Fight

Dana White has heard your complaints about the UFC 230 main event fiasco, and he wants to make things right.

That’s the message we’re getting from an Instagram exchange White had with a fan in the comments section of a photo.

In case you weren’t aware of the drama, fans have been upset at the UFC for making a lackluster women’s flyweight title fight the headliner at UFC 230, robbing us of a potential five round main event between Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier.

”Dawggg, just make Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier the main event for more PPV buys, happy fans, and do it for the children,” user ApolloTheOne wrote. “People just want good fights and who the f**k doesn’t want to see a 5 round war between Diaz and Poirier? Even you, don’t lie!”

”I do,” White responded. “I said DEAL. I will try to make it.”

Before you get too excited, note that this is nothing more than Dana saying he’ll try. In a buried comment on Instagram. But he is the guy in charge, right? We’re sure he can make it happen if he really wants to.

Of course, when dealing with the Diaz brothers, you know nothing comes for free. Changing the terms of Diaz’s signed 3 round bout agreement would undoubtedly cost the UFC more money … on a card they just financially crippled with a real lame main event.

What do you think, Maniacs? Will the UFC pull this one out of the fire and deliver on five rounds of Diaz vs. Poirier madness?

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Dana White: UFC 229 Now Trending Close to 3 Million Pay-Per-View Buys

UFC 229 has been touted as the biggest event in promotion history for several weeks now. Dana White just increased the hype, adding approximately 1 million pay-per-view buys to his original projection.
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UFC Boss Dana White Admits to Being ‘Nervous’ at First Conor-Khabib Press Conference

The most anticipated press conference of 2018 took place approximately two weeks ago, and it went off without a hitch.
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UFC Boss Dana White Admits to Being ‘Nervous’ at First Conor-Khabib Press Conference

The most anticipated press conference of 2018 took place approximately two weeks ago, and it went off without a hitch.
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