UFC President Dana White has reacted to Vince McMahon’s retirement announcement, commenting on his relationship with the former WWE CEO.
McMahon officially announced his retirement on July 22, after stepping away from his CEO and Chairman roles in June amid ‘hush pact’ allegations.
During a Contender Series post-fight press conference, Dana White noted that he respects McMahon for all of his work building WWE.
Noting that he has many stories about McMahon, White said:
“Oh, I got stories about Vince for days, but yeah, what that guy built and what he’s done is incredible. He’s been doing it for 50-plus years. I watched that stuff as a kid, and then to still be here and doing it now, is phenomenal. He’s a killer, he’s buried the hatchet in my back a few times, but that’s what you’re dealing with. You don’t deal with a killer and not expect them to try to kill you. Yeah, I have nothing but respect for Vince.”
Vince McMahon attended the recent UFC 276 event, along with several other WWE names. Noting that he gave McMahon better seats than what he was given when he attended WrestleMania 34, White said:
“They reached out to me and said that he wanted to come to the fight,” White responded. “I gave him much better seats than he gave me when I went to see Ronda. That dude had me in the f**king, I’m not even s**tting you, Ronda says,’ You have to be at this event. I want you to be there.’ I said, ‘Ronda, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.’ She’s like, ‘Alright, I’m gonna let them know you’re coming.’ Cool, cool.
“I show up, it’s in New Orleans. I fly down to f**king New Orleans. No going in the back and any of that s**t. They’re at the will call window for you. I go to the f**king will call window, and, ‘Yeah, we don’t have tickets for you.’ I call some people, ‘Oh yeah, we found them, okay, we got your tickets.’
“When I tell you, we were in the f**king rafters, people were coming up to me and going, ‘Why are you sitting in these seats?’ I said, ‘Well, this is where they sat me. So f**k ‘em, I’m gonna sit right here.’
“Then I think it was Pat McAfee today says, ‘Well, no, you had to be in decent seats. You were on camera.’ The cameraman had to f**king crawl over about 75 people, kick somebody out of his f**king seat three rows ahead of me, just so he could get that shot. Yeah, they let me know what they thought of me at that event.”
Stephanie McMahon and Nick Khan are the new co-CEOs of WWE. The company has also confirmed that Triple H will be running creative following McMahon’s departure.
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