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Dana White says production 'screw up' to blame for Ronda Rousey storming off stage after Amanda Nunes staredown

Esther Lin via MMA Fighting

Ronda Rousey made a surprise appearance at the UFC 205 weigh-ins earlier this week in New York City, stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight in front of thousands of fans in attendance at Madison Square Garden.

The purpose?

To come face-to-face for a staredown against current women’s Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, whom she will face in the main event of UFC 207 on Dec. 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

And that’s pretty much it, as Rousey stormed off the stage soon thereafter, opting to not give UFC color commentator Joe Rogan an interview after he concluded with "Leoa" (see the video here). The move further added to her reputation of marching to the beat of her own drum, all while leaving a bad taste in fight fan’s mouths

But, according to company president Dana White, that was all a part of the plan, as Rousey was never meant to speak after the staredown.

"First of all, she was never supposed to speak, and neither was Amanda, my production guys screwed that thing up," said White during the UFC 205 post-fight press conference (see it again here).  "It made Ronda look bad again, like she just stormed off and didn't want to; she wasn't supposed to do an interview. They were supposed to go up there and square off and they were supposed to both walk away," he added.

The revelation is an interesting one to say the least, as White could visibly be seen holding on to Rousey trying to prevent her from walking off. But, according to Dana, the reason for him holding her back was because he was waiting for someone to hand Nunes her title for more photo ops with both contestants facing forward.

"What I was doing, so they squared off, and I was getting them to face forward and I was waiting for someone to bring Amanda's belt, you know how we do that? So you guys can take pictures of the, moving forward," he said.

"So I grab her (Rousey), and I turn around and Rogan is interviewing her (Nunes). I was trying to get them to stand forward and someone bring Amanda her belt," he declared. "Hey we're not perfect all the time. Our team, coming into this event, we made a lot of mistakes I'm not happy about. It's not stuff you would notice, but, I try to be perfect but it didn't work out."

Fair enough.

Nevertheless, Ronda wasn’t committed to talking, though she won’t have much choice as her return draws nearer thanks to the bevy of media obligations she’ll have to commit to in the leadup to her much-anticipated return to action.

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