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Dana White Says Other’s Opinions On UFC 232 Move Mean Nothing

December 29, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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In an interview with MMA Junkie, UFC President Dana White spoke out against the critics of the promotion moving UFC 232 to California so Jon Jones could get cleared to fight. Here are highlights:

On the criticism he took for the move: “When I pull the trigger, man, we roll. I don’t ever go, ‘We made the wrong decision.’ I don’t listen to criticism. Other people’s opinions mean nothing to me. I make decisions, and we roll. That’s it.”

On if Jon Jones is at fault: “Jon Jones doesn’t need to apologize to anybody because he didn’t do anything wrong. That’s just the way this thing went down. This thing has been spun so much that it seems like Jon Jones did something wrong. We rented a 737 and flew all the fighters over here from Vegas. It’s a 40-minute flight. How put out are people? Not very put out. We even tried to accommodate their families and their friends and things like that. The fans, we had over 3,000 fans that were coming from out of town make the switch to L.A. They got cheaper tickets, and they got first crack at good tickets. When you make a decision like this and you make a move like this, it’s not ideal for everybody. But you cannot make everybody happy no matter what you do. I heard some of the fighters saying, ‘Stop talking to us about this. We’re good. We’re in L.A. We’re fighting.’ The arena is sold out. Making this move I thought we might do a $300,000-$400,000 gate right after Christmas. We killed it. This thing’s sold out. We’re going to put on a great show (tonight), and the fight is going to be awesome.”

On the relationship with USADA: “Trying to create a clean sport isn’t always easy and fun and smooth. It’s rough, and it’s tough. But this is what we pay these guys for. They’re the experts. They come in and tell us when somebody is clean or not clean. Why would they give Jon Jones, a guy who has had so many problems in the past, a pass if it wasn’t true? It’s true. California is very up to date. They drug tested him, too, this week. This business is like a hair salon. There’s nothing but drama all the time. It’s part of the fun of this sport, too.”

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