Dana White, who recently confirmed Paddy Pimblett’s return to the octagon, spoke to the media after the UFC 229 event and he had a lot to say. To begin with, he spoke about the major rule change, that is, flags are now back again and fighters will be able to represent their countries flag in the octagon again.
Speaking of the fights, Dana White was also asked a question about Connor McGregor. Fans are waiting for the much-awaited return of the notorious McGregor; thus, Dana had to address that in the post-fight presser as well.
Why is UFC removing flag ban? Explained
The UFC had decided to ban flags from the octagon during the Russia vs. Ukraine situation. That was a time period of political and human crisis, thus why the UFC took a decision regarding the same.
But now the UFC has decided to bring flags back. The news came out to the public when Dana was speaking to mmajunkie post the UFC 229 card. Dana had this to say: “Flags are back, I was on vacation during the Mexican Independence Day, and the no flag thing drove me crazy. So I was like, ‘Yeah, f*ck that. We’re bringing flags back.’ It drove me crazy.”
“There’s a lot of things that go on in a company this big, “You can’t micromanage everything. Sometimes things are done for the intentions of the right reasons, or whatever. Everybody in this room knows the way that I feel about a lot of things. Basically, ‘I don’t give a f*ck,’ is the answer to most things”.
“Everybody’s too soft, everybody’s too sensitive about everything. When the decision was made to do this, I was just like, ‘Eh, what’s the big deal if they don’t have flags?’ Mexican Independence Day flipped the switch and I was like, ‘That’s enough of the no flags thing.’ Flags are back. If any flags hurt your feelings, too f*cking bad.”
UFC CEO Dana White provides Conor McGregor update
Following the fight in the presser Dana was asked whether Connor in now part of the USADA pool, which would mean that he would be drug tested by the USADA. Dana said that he had just submitted the paper work for it but is not part of the pool yet.
A reporter jokingly said six months that is roughly around the time that UFC 300 would happen is there any chance we see the much awaited Connor vs Chandler bout then, to which Dana said that he has not idea about that at the given time.
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