‘Go F**k Yourself Las Vegas Review-Journal!’- Dana White Lashes Out at Media for Criticizing UFC 261 Safety Protocols

Published 04/24/2021, 8:52 PM EDT
SHANGHAI, CHINA – JUNE 20: Dana White, UFC President gives a speech during 2019 UFC Performance Institute Panel and UFC Fight Night Shenzhen Press Conference at UFC Performance Institute Shanghai on June 20, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Yifan Ding/Getty Images)


Being the first to do something in any field always attracts its fair share of criticism. It was something Dana White and his team were subject to when they first wanted to get the fights going in the middle of a global pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic ground the world to a halt and resulted in the death of live events. 

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However, White and his team refused to back down and found a way to host events safely with stringent protocols in place. At first, the media heavily criticized the UFC, but it died down once it was evident that White and his team had a grip on things and no one was getting hurt. Now that White and his team are the first to host a live event in front of a sold-out crowd, there is no surprise that the UFC is being criticized once again. 

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Dana White and the UFC lead the way yet again 

White is not one to bite his tongue on any matter. The UFC head honcho, who is known for speaking his mind, took to Instagram to bash the Las Vegas Review-Journal for their scathing attack on the UFC for hosting a live event with 15,000 fans amidst a pandemic. 

Dana shared a snippet of the article and a caption and wrote, “Hey Las Vegas, this is our piece of s**t local newspaper. Through this entire pandemic we didn’t lay off a single employee, we worked with governmental agencies in Nevada and around the world to put on every event safely, and we chose to bring our biggest fight of the year with Conor McGregor back to town July 10th to help relaunch the city. Yet, this is how the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows its support for a true local business. Go f**k yourself LVRJ, and don’t bother coming to the fight in July.”

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UFC 261 marks the return of fans for the first time since March 2020. The UFC has hosted most of the fights since then at the UFC Apex, with no fans or with limited fans on Fight Island. White has always stated that only when he was allowed to sell out a full stadium would he have a with the masses in attendance. And the UFC President has delivered.  

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What do you make of the criticism by the media? Do you think it is fair or is it unjust? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kevin Binoy is an MMA author at EssentiallySports. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Fergusson College and has been covering sports professionally for over two years. Besides working with the MMA writing team, Kevin is a core member of the organization's web stories team and is responsible for delivering engaging MMA web stories.

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