If you tuned into UFC 264 over the weekend, you may have been either really happy or really mad that former President Donald Trump — who was in attendance for the big event — did not make an appearance on your television screen. (Seriously, these are the types of things that trigger people these days.)
As for UFC President Dana White, he falls into the group that was extremely upset about Trump’s lack of face time. Although, according to White, that was not the UFC or ESPN’s intention.
While speaking with TMZ, Dana White admitted that not showing Trump in the crowd was a “massive f–k up.” He claims that the intention was to show him in his seat between the co-main event and the main event between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor, but there was a glitch in the production truck and they never had another opportunity after the final fight ended in the first round.
Here’s how White explained it:
“We were getting ready to show him right between the co-main and main events, I think you remember that we showed OBJ. We showed OBJ, then it was supposed to go to David Spade, 2 Chainz, and then the president, and we had some kinda glitch in the truck. Then the Conor fight ended up ending in the 2nd round so we never got a chance…
“Let me tell you what, massive f*** up by my production team, but ya know, it’s live TV and these things happen.”
Dana White was clearly upset by the omission, and he reiterated the fact that it was not some sort of political stance being taken by ESPN. Just an honest error. Nothing more.
Here’s a look at the entire interview: