Dana White ‘disappointed’ in staff after Masvidal/Edwards brawl

Dana White ‘disappointed’ in staff after Masvidal/Edwards brawl

Dana White doesn’t blame Jorge Masvidal or Leon Edwards for the situation which occurred last weekend after the UFC London main event.

By John Balfe - 20 Mar 2019

Jorge Masvidal and Leon Edwards won’t face any official sanctions from the UFC following their post-fight dust up after the UFC London main event last Saturday.

Both fighters earned the biggest wins of their professional careers in the English capital at the event with Edwards outpointing Gunnar Nelson in the co-main and Masvidal defeating Darren Till by sensational second round knockout. However, that wasn’t the end of the drama.

As has been widely reported by now, Masvidal and Edwards got into what could loosely be described as a scuffle (or a ‘three piece and a soda’ depending on your vantage point) which was captured on the live broadcast in a moment which threatened to overshadow both fighters’ victories but now that the smoke has cleared, UFC President Dana White doesn’t appear too concerned by the matter.

“As soon as [Masvidal] started walking up the ramp with his hands behind his back, 10 people that work for the UFC should have jumped in there,” White said to Yahoo! Sports. “For anybody backstage and my staff to let these guys walk up to each other, it’s just ridiculous. … I’m super disappointed in my whole crew for that one.”

White says that ‘the heat of the moment’ overcame the two fighters, particularly given the high stakes involved at the business end of the welterweight division.

“It’s the fight business,” White explained. ““Our job is to make sure these things happen onstage, behind the scenes, but sometimes it does. Sometimes things escalate and blow up.

“These people that fight for a living are different than normal people. These people function on a whole other level than normal human beings do. … They’re different. That’s why they’re professional fighters.”

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