UFC’s Dana White apologizes for bodily altercation with spouse

UFC president Dana White issued a public apology Monday for a bodily altercation between him and his spouse that was captured on video throughout their New 12 months’s Eve celebration in Cabo, Mexico.

The video, printed by TMZ, exhibits White, 53, and his spouse, Anne, in a VIP space of a nightclub. Dana White may be seen within the video saying one thing to Anne White, at which level she slaps him within the face. Dana White then slaps her again earlier than the 2 are shortly separated.

Talking to TMZ on Monday, Dana White apologized and stated there are “no excuses” for what occurred.

“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,” White stated. “My wife and I have been married for almost 30 years. We’ve known each other since we were 12 years old. We’ve obviously been through some s— together. We’ve got three kids.

“That is a kind of conditions that is horrible, I am embarrassed — however it’s additionally a kind of conditions that proper now we’re extra involved about our children. We’ve got three youngsters and clearly, because the video popped up, we have proven the youngsters the video and we’re extra targeted on our household proper now.

“I’m literally making no excuses for this thing at all. It’s never happened before. It’s the first time it’s ever happened. People are going to say what they’re going to say and it is what is. Whatever people say is deserved. I deserve it.”

In a separate assertion supplied to TMZ, Anne White additionally stated it was an remoted incident.

“Dana and I have been married for almost 30 years,” she instructed 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. We’ve talked this through as a family and apologized to each other. I just hope people will respect our privacy for the sake of our kids.”

White and his household reside in Las Vegas, the place he has served as president of the UFC since 2001.