Ultimate Fighting championship President Dana White had some harsh words for media outlet’s that have been critical of his decision to move forward with UFC 249 despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic.
The UFC president made the remarks while being interviewed by Barstool Sports. “Do you have the location [for UFC 249], is it set, one place?” the interviewer asked.
“I’m not telling the media anything. F*ck em,” White said while double-flipping the bird to the camera.
“I’m not telling them anything, okay, because every day when I wake up there’s a bullsh*t story or somebody doesn’t like this or somebody doesn’t like that,” White continued. “I don’t give a f*ck what you think or what you like or don’t like, on April 18th, you either wanna turn on the TV and watch this fight or you don’t. You don’t even have to f*cking show up because there’s not gonna be any fans there, you don’t have to come cover it. You either want to watch it or you don’t.”
The full exchange can be seen below:
— Spinnin Backfist (@SpinninBackfist) March 26, 2020
The media has been heavily critical of White, who is friends with President Donald Trump.
Last week, President Trump was accused of “peddling unsubstantiated hope” for saying the country doesn’t yet need to panic.
UFC fans seemed to agree with White’s decision in the comments.
Man ppl hating on Dana can suck it . It’s one of the few sports you can pull off without having tons of ppl together . Let him do his thing we all want to watch this fight and the fighters want to fight let them have it .
— Happy Emperor (@stockguy2423) March 26, 2020
— Gigantopithecus (@skull_stomp) March 26, 2020
UFC 249 is slated for April 18th, at a yet-to-be-disclosed situation.