Saturday, November 27, 2021

Dana White on Nick Diaz Suspension: “I Have To Figure Out All The Facts First”

The UFC continued their UFC 193 media tour in Australia by hosting a fan question and answer session with UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey and UFC President Dana White, and Submission Radio was there to get video of it all. Unsurprisingly, the topic of Nick Diaz came up. Specifically, a fan asked Rousey about Henry Cejudo refusing to fight in Nevada because of how the Nevada State Athletic Commission ignored the persuasive evidence presented in his hearing. Rousey didn’t entirely hear the question, but White chimed in to answer it since he did:

We’ve been here [in Australia]. When this thing went down, we’ve been here. And many people who know me and know the sport, I’ve been a very reactionary person in the past. I’m a little older and a little wiser now. I don’t just react, I have to know all the facts. I don’t know all the facts, you know. When you hear this – because it’s so jarring when you hear this. It’s like, wait a minute, this guy was suspended for five years and got a 150,000 dollar fine for marijuana? So you can completely take that out of context too, but that’s his third offense. It’s his third offense, and let’s all be honest here, Nick Diaz doesn’t exactly play by the rules.

You know, listen, everybody would love to hang out and smoke weed all day and not play by the rules. It sounds awesome. It’s sounds like, you know, it sounds like the great thing to do (laughs). But in reality, you can’t do that, and especially when you’re dealing with the government. Nick was also in a situation where Nick hadn’t paid his taxes in a long time, you know. You can’t do that either. So it has to be more than ‘hey the guy smoked weed and…’ – I don’t know all the facts yet. We’re leaving tomorrow morning. When I get home, I will hear all the facts. I promise you, you will hear from me soon on the Nick Diaz situation. I have to figure out all the facts first.

Dana White is a busy guy, but it seems a little strange that, in 2015, he couldn’t get the basic facts yet is a bit odd. Perhaps he’s just waiting to be able to have time to watch the video of the hearing?

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