Boxing great Oscar De La Hoya landed a punch on UFC president Dana White on Tuesday after video surfaced of a physical altercation between the MMA executive and his wife.
White and his wife, Anne, were seen at a club in Mexico. The video showed the couple arguing before Anne slapped Dana. She then patted him back before the situation finally cooled down. White received a ton of criticism for the incident, including from De La Hoya.
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«My good friend @danawhite is so greedy that he decided to steal his new league’s fighter pay on TBS ‘Power Slap’ by getting fighter of the night against his WIFE. Those Boston aerobics instructors are really tough guys,» he wrote. On twitter.
White and De La Hoya were once friends, but their relationship soured after the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather Jr. showdown in 2017. De La Hoya said the matchup disrespected the sport of boxing. De La Hoya also challenged White to a fight multiple times. White said in August that he didn’t think the two would ever be friends again despite the boxer offering to put the past behind him.
As for the physical altercation between White and his wife, the couple released statements to TMZ Sports about the incident.
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«There was definitely a lot of alcohol, but there’s no excuse,» White told TMZ Sports. «I’m literally not making excuses for this at all. It’s never happened before. It’s the first time it’s happened, and people are going to say what they’re going to say.»
«It is what it is. And whatever people say, it’s deserved. I deserve it. It happened. I don’t know why it happened and my wife and I have apologized, we’ve apologized to our kids, and this is one of those things that everyone is going to participate in. I don’t care what people think about this. We are more concerned with our children and taking care of our family.»
He said that he and his wife apologized to each other.
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«Dana and I have been married for almost 30 years. To say this is out of character for him is an understatement; nothing like this has ever happened before,» Anne White told TMZ Sports. «Unfortunately, we were both drinking too much on New Year’s Eve and things got out of hand, on both sides. We talked about this as a family and apologized to each other. I just hope people respect our privacy for the good.» of our children.»
Associated Press contributed to this report.