UFC president Dana White has come out to apologize after a video surfaced that has him slapping his wife severally while in a club in Mexico.
In a statement, White confirmed the video saying the incident happened during New Year celebrations following a heated argument with his wife Anna.
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His wife slapped him first during the heated argument before the 5’10” tall businessman returned the slaps.
Speaking to TMZ, White said that he regrets the actions and has always advocated for men never to beat women.
“I’m in Cabo, Mexico for the holidays with my family, and my wife and I were out with family on New Year’s Eve, and unfortunately that’s what happened,” White told TMZ.
“I’m one of the guys, you’ve heard me say for years. There’s never, ever an excuse for a guy to put his hands on a woman. And now here I am on TMZ talking about it.”
The CEO further went on to say that they had consumed too much alcohol, probably a reason why the argument started off but still, wasn’t an excuse for the fight.
“There was definitely a lot of alcohol, but there’s no excuse,” White continued.
“I’m literally making no excuses for this thing at all. It’s never happened before. It’s the first time that it’s ever happened, and people are going to say what they’re going to say. It is what it is. And whatever people do say, it’s deserved. I deserve it. It happened.”
Anna said in her statement regarding the matter:
“Dana and I have been married for almost 30 years,” Anne said. “To say this is out of character for him is an understatement — nothing like this has ever happened before. Unfortunately, we were both drinking too much on New Year’s Eve and things got out of control, on both sides.
“We’ve talked this through as a family and apologized to each other. I just hope people will respect our privacy for the sake of our kids,” she added.
White said that he has made up with his wife and also that the kids have forgiven him.
“I don’t know why it happened,” he said. “My wife and I have apologized to each other. We’ve apologized to our kids.”
White, 53, has been married to his wife Anne since 1996. The couple has had three children together.