Moments earlier than the UFC 279 pre-fight presser on Thursday, a backstage fracas ensued between Kevin Holland, Khamzat Chimaev, and members of staff Nate Diaz. The occasion was referred to as off, because of this, a uncommon second for such a large-scale occasion.
The UFC and ESPN later launched some footage of the mentioned incident, prompting fan theories that all the factor may’ve been staged. UFC president Dana White is conscious of those “conspiracies,” which he addressed in the course of the post-fight presser.
“When you’re dancing across the query that there was some conspiracy principle that… there’s some f—ng lunatics on the web that suppose that this was all staged and deliberate and no matter,” White informed reporters.
“When you suppose that the loopy dudes that we had right here this week might be orchestrated into one thing that might be… you’re actually out of your thoughts.”
White says the last-minute shake-ups didn’t have an effect on their field workplace gross sales in any respect.
“Not solely was not one ticket refunded, the day that every one the craziness was occurring, however we additionally offered 250 tickets that day. Once we didn’t even know what was gonna occur or the way it was gonna go.”
As White introduced firstly of his media scrum, UFC 279 is their twenty fifth consecutive sell-out occasion with a gate of $5.67 million.