“Do Not Talk to Any Media”- Dana White Reveals What He Told Brian Ortega’s Team After the Fight

Published 10/06/2021, 1:39 PM EDT
GLENDALE, AZ – JUNE 12: Dana White meets with the press following UFC 263 on June 12, 2021, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


UFC is one of the greatest MMA promotions to ever exist and is miles ahead of any other competition. The main man behind this is UFC president Dana White. He is the man that has made UFC what it is today and continues to maintain its standard throughout the years.

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At the Dana White Contender Series news conference, Dana engaged with the media on a range of subjects. One of the topics discussed was Justin Thornton’s tragic death.

Thornton, a former BKFC fighter, died last week at 38 years old, following a knockout loss at BKFC 20. Thornton was hospitalized after being knocked out in 19 seconds by Dillon Cleckler in August. In the fight’s aftermath, the KO left Thorton partially paralyzed. He battled an infection caused by spinal cord damage before succumbing to his injuries.

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Dana White on UFC being different from other promotions

Dana made it clear during the press conference that he was not a fan of bare-knuckle fighting. He was not really surprised to hear about the tragic news.

He then talked about UFC’s safety protocol for their fighters’ health. White stated, “when you look at this, we’ve been putting on fights for 25 years. I’ve done over 7,000 fights with no serious injuries in the UFC.”

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Dana continued, “the number one thing to us is fighter safety. Fighter safety is a very big deal to us. It has been since day one. We ran toward regulation. We do extensive pre, post-fight medical.” He also explained how they keep in touch with their athletes for their well-being.

He mentioned talking to Brian Oretaga’s team at his UFC 266 fight against Alexander Volkanovski. He said, “the other night when Ortega fought I walked into the octagon and told his corner. Do not do one interview. Do not talk to any media. I want you to go straight back. They’re ready for you. They’re gonna put him in an ambulance and take him out of here.

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CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 24: UFC President Dana White interacts with media during the UFC on FOX press conference on January 24, 2013, at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Dana White revealed UFC spends around 20 million dollars a year on medical safety and check-ups for the athletes. He also said that 25% of the fighters are sent to specialists for health concerns. He explained how UFC saved the lives of many fighters through these procedures and detected their health problems earlier.

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Under White’s leadership, UFC has shown how they are far superior to any other fighting promotions.

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Pranit Punjabi

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Pranit Punjabi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. A third-year psychology major, this Khabib Nurmagomedov fan merged his interest in psychology with his deep passion for MMA and was intrigued by this new angle to help him get closer to the action. Pranit aims to look through the violence and chaos, into what makes MMA truly beautiful, the deep and rich psychological aspect of the game.

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