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UFC President Dana White’s 2023 is off to an alarming start.
Earlier today, video emerged of White and his wife, Anne White, arguing at a nightclub on New Year’s Eve (Sat. Dec. 31, 2022). The confrontation quickly turned physical, as Anne White slapped her husband before Dana White retaliated in kind. White has already released a statement addressing, “one of those situations that’s horrible” and making “no excuses” for the drunken fight.
As of yet, there have been no official statements from ESPN, UFC or Endeavor on the incident. However, that hasn’t stopped the online community from reacting to the video, which has spread like wildfire across social media. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I haven’t yet seen any reactions from active UFC fighters, though I won’t claim to have combed through the entire roster on Twitter.
There were, however, an endless amount of Power Slap jokes. From fans to media to Brendan Schaub, check out these Twitter reactions to the shocking video:
I love Dana and everything he has done for the sport... But he needs to be fired. If we want to be a credible sport we need to be treated as such. Roger Goodell would be fired, so would Adam Silver, Rob Manfred, and Gary Bettmen (Had to google that one...) #UFC #DanaWhite https://t.co/3q62oeZYSX— We Want Picks (@wewantpicks) January 3, 2023
Oh damn. I thought it was the new embedded for the Slap league https://t.co/8l3ov7drc1— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) January 3, 2023
All jokes aside. Handled it the right way. https://t.co/jZUDGKkeCf— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) January 3, 2023
Wonder if this will be ignored like Jon Jones or if they will mark the end of Dana White and usher in the Hunter Campbell era. https://t.co/NIkGFOMRgD— BusinessJeremy | UFC NFTs (@BusinessJeremy) January 3, 2023
Dana White should resign after hitting his wife. Man, she smacked you, not even that hard. Everything less than a man.— Mr.PeRsOn (@xBLiMx) January 3, 2023
48 hours into 2023— cole (@pndaxv) January 3, 2023
1. jeremy renner nearly died
2. damar hamlin’s heart stops after a hit
3. ken block dies
4. dana white hitting his wife leaks
what the actual fuck
By tomorrow, the "media" will be the real problem, not Dana White beating his wife.— TheRealSnowden (@JESnowden) January 3, 2023
Sellouts will be competing to see who can make smacking her multiple times sound as harmless as possible.
The wife hit first. She belongs in jail and Dana White is a victim of abuse. pic.twitter.com/18uM7brapw— Dick Masterson (@dickmasterson) January 3, 2023
remember when the UFC hired independent investigators if a fighter was accused of domestic violence and 100% of the time they said there was no evidence of wrongdoing, and also those "independent investigators" were Dana White's personal lawyers? still a coincidence, surely— A Troy Named Sue (@pdlmma) January 3, 2023
My only slap fighting comments - I have no clue what people will accept anymore but one would think that Dana White could not be used as the head of slap league after a domestic violence incident with his wife. And I’m not sure a slap league without his involvement is viable.— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) January 3, 2023
Stay tuned for further updates.
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