UFC boss Dana White has denied conspiracies that former President Donald Trump’s star appearance at the Conor McGregor fight was deliberately cut from the TV feed — instead blaming a “massive f–k up” by his production team.
The plan was to teasingly show Trump’s presence by scanning over other celebrity guests, from ex-Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to David Spade and then 2 Chainz, White said.
“We had some kind of glitch in the truck. Then the Conor fight ended up ending in the second round so we never got a chance,” he said.
“Let me tell you — massive f–k up by my production team,” White said. “But it’s live TV and these things happen.”
The MMA mogul said it also “sucks” because the tech issues also prevented the fight special from catching Trump’s rapturous welcome.
“When he walked into the arena … there’s nothing like it. The entire arena gets up on their feet — the whole place stands up and everybody’s got their phones,” he said.
“It’s one of the craziest things you’ll ever witness,” he said of the “extremely positive” response from fans.
White — who endorsed Trump before the 2020 election — dismissed rumors that Trump’s presence was only kept off the show on the say-so of progressive leftists in Hollywood.
“Nobody tells me how to run that show, and I would never do that,” he told TMZ.
“Listen, politics aside, when a former President shows up — whether it was Obama, Trump or Jimmy Carter … we would respect a former president of the United States,” White insisted.
The UFC boss laughed when asked if the former president has expressed anger at not being featured.
“He was so pumped up about the fight he hasn’t said a word to me about that,” White insisted of the Octagon clash that ended with a win for Dustin Poirier after a brutal ankle injury for Irishman McGregor.