Dana White Filmed Slapping Wife On New Year’s Eve

Dana White, the president of the UFC blended martial arts group, was filmed slapping his spouse, Anne White, shortly after midnight whereas celebrating New Yr’s Eve on the El Squid Roe nightclub in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

Footage obtained by TMZ confirmed the couple, who’ve been married for 26 years, gathered in a VIP space above the membership’s dance flooring. Dana White is seen leaning towards his spouse to inform her one thing, after which Anne White strikes him throughout the face — and White responds in sort.

Each have since issued statements to the outlet.

“You’ve heard me say over the years, ‘There is never, ever an excuse for a guy to put his hands on a woman,’ and now here I am on TMZ talking about it,” mentioned Dana White. “My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years … We’ve obviously been through some shit together.”

“This is one of those situations that’s horrible, I’m embarrassed,” he continued, including that his present focus is on his three youngsters. “We’ve shown the kids the video and we’re more focused on our family right now.”

Footage confirmed White slapping his spouse twice after she struck him within the face.

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The 53-year-old bought the UFC in 2001 and pulled it from the depths of its barbaric picture and near-bankruptcy standing to a revered enterprise value $4 billion when it was acquired in 2016 by WME-IMG — which turned the largest transaction in sports activities historical past.

White’s internet value has since reportedly reached round $500 million. The UFC head informed TMZ he and his spouse had been closely consuming earlier than their altercation and that he was “making no excuses,” however that this has “never happened before” — which Anne White corroborated.

“Dana and I have been married for almost 30 years,” she informed TMZ. “To say this is out of character for him is an understatement. Nothing like this has ever happened before. Unfortunately, we were both drinking too much on New Year’s Eve and things got out of control, on both sides.”

Anne White added they’ve mentioned the incident “as a family and apologized to each other” and informed TMZ she hopes “people will respect our privacy for the sake of our kids.” As for Dana White, he informed the outlet that “people are going to say what they’re going to say and it is what it is.”

“Whatever people say is deserved,” he mentioned. “I deserve it.”

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