UFC President, Dana White, recently shared his thoughts on Conor McGregor hospitalizing an NBA mascot.
Late last week (Fri., June 9, 2023), McGregor crashed Game 4 of the NBA Finals in Miami, Florida. During a promotional skit for McGregor's TIDL Sport products, the Irish superstar clocked the Miami Heat mascot, who is known as "Burnie.” And when “Bernie” fell to the floor, McGregor finished him off with a lil’ ground-and-pound.
Everyone on the planet thought it was all in good fun until it was revealed that the poor soul trapped inside the mascot costume was sent to a nearby hospital. He was reportedly given pain medication and released shortly after.
At UFC 289’s press conference, White was asked his thoughts on the funny skit gone wrong.
"I saw the Deontay Wilder one, too,” White told reporters. “What's up with mascots wanting to get punched in the face by professional fighters," . "What do you expect? You want to get punched? What are those mascot things made out of? Unless you're like the Golden Knights mascot...I wouldn't have professional fighters punching me in the face if I was a mascot. That doesn't seem like the brightest thing in the world."
Dana White reacts to Conor McGregor sending the Miami Heat mascot to the ER pic.twitter.com/HksDrTwqQq— Happy Punch (@HappyPunchPromo) June 11, 2023
White is right about mascots wanting to get punched, and hopefully, the stupid idea ends after this latest “Fighter vs. Mascot” fiasco.
McGregor is currently waiting for his return fight to be booked after snapping his leg against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 in 2021. Until then, he can be seen on the latest season of The Ulitmate Fighter every Tuesday.
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