Dana White Reveals the Real Reason to Avoid the Kevin Holland and Jorge Masvidal Altercation Questions at UFC 287 Pre-Fight Conference: “You Guys Want Your F*****g Clicks”

Published 04/09/2023, 2:55 PM EDT

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Jorge Masvidal and Kevin Holland’s altercation before UFC 287 had created quite a buzz in the MMA community. The incident, which took place in a hotel ahead of the pre-fight conference, saw the two engage in a verbal clash as hotel staffers and others tried to hold them back.

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But more than the altercation, it was Dana White‘s refusal to allow questions about that incident during the pre-fight presser that drew reactions from fans and many others in the MMA world. Now, following the event, the UFC president, while talking to the media, revealed the real reasons behind his refusal to entertain questions about that topic.

Dana White talks about the Jorge Masvidal and Kevin Holland altercation

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Addressing the clash between the two fighters, White took the opportunity to lash out at the media; especially for trying to stir problems backstage with the fighters. The 53-year-old, without any hesitation, claimed that questioning the fighters on such altercations only leads to more problems ahead of the fight.

“First of all, it creates s**t backstage and at the hotels, right? When you guys ask him questions like that and they say something, we still got two days until the fight and these guys run into each other backstage.” He stated.

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The UFC boss then expressed his frustration with the media, accusing them of causing trouble only for the sake of clicks and views. White even went on to say that he’d “attack” anyone who chose to pull a stunt like that again in the future.

“I‌ just hate that s**t. I get it, you want your f****g  clicks or whatever it is. You guys want to get the little f****g moment that you can post but I will f****g attack you if you do that.”

From a promoter’s perspective, there is no doubt that Dana White’s statement does carry weight. While many would feel that altercations like the one between Masvidal and Holland added more hype to an event, there’s also an argument to be made that it also brings the risk of a massive goof-up ahead of a big event.

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Despite Dana White not wanting to have to do anything with the altercation, fans felt that it was a fight that could have been set up in the future. Unfortunately, Masvidal ended up losing his co-main bout against Gilbert Burns, which was also followed by his announcement that he would be finally hanging up his gloves after two long decades in the sport.

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Holland, on the other hand, did win his fight against Santiago Ponzinibbio. The 30-year-old managed to finish Ponzinibbio in the third round, claiming his 24th career victory.

A win here from ‘Gamebred’ could have opened up an interesting rivalry that could have taken shape in a fight down the line. But unfortunately for fans of the BMF star, he chose to make the tough call to retire after suffering his fourth consecutive loss.

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From that perspective, the decision by Dana White to shut down questions on the beef between these two fighters does seem appropriate. And as he put forth in the interview, it also would have been quite “disrespectful” to their respective opponents as well.

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Pragjyoti Singh

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