UFC President Dana White has torn Canelo Alvarez against Caleb Plant Showtime broadcaster for allowing boxers to trade punches at a press conference Tuesday in Los Angeles.
White, long a Showtime critic, unloaded on security officials at the rally.
“How long have you been in the business of letting two fighters face each other face to face without someone being there to try to [keep them from fighting] He said at the post-fight press conference for Contender Season 5, Week 4, which was broadcast by the South China Morning Post. “And then when it does break out, it’s like two women that’s there before there’s a man anywhere near her.”
“You couldn’t be dumber than what they did today, risking a massive fight with one of the biggest stars in the sport, by not putting the fighters to safety. “
Plant suffered a small cut under his right eye after taking a pair of strikes from multi-division star Alvarez, who appeared to start the crash by pushing his IBF champion counterpart. Cooler heads eventually prevailed, but the two broke up again before the press conference was over.
“I’m not surprised,” White said sarcastically. “Sh * t Showtime is, they’re awesome. These guys are really good at what they do, from production to press conferences. They are really awesome.
Short-lived broadcast partner of former UFC parent company Zuffa and much-maligned co-promoter in ‘The Money Fight’ 2017 between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, Showtime has been a favorite target for White over the years. .
Alvarez told ESPN.com that the press fight started on Tuesday when Plant started insulting him. Plant countered that Alvarez’s response stemmed from insecurity and insinuated that the Mexican champion was using performance-enhancing drugs.
The UFC, of course, has not been immune to on-stage confrontations featuring its fighters. In 2014, former champions Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier engaged in a full-blown fight at a press conference for their first scheduled showdown – despite the presence of former UFC PR manager Dave. Sholler, who was quickly sidelined when the two fighters collided. . Both fighters received fines and community service; the fight was then postponed when Jones suffered an injury in training.
In April, the promotion lost a co-main event fight between Jeremy Stephens and Drakkar Klose at UFC Vegas 24 when Stephens pushed Klose during the weigh-ins, which allegedly resulted in a concussion suffered by Klose. White has indicated that UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby erred in not intervening earlier.
“You can’t let two dominant males come near each other, face to face at the fucking supper club, or wherever they are today having this press conference, and letting two guys look down without anyone interrupting him. “White said of the dust today in Los Angeles. “But they’re awesome, they’re great at whatever they do, so it’s not shocking. “
The Alvarez vs. Plant fight remains scheduled for November 6 in Las Vegas. Showtime will broadcast the national pay-per-view event at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Below is the full DWCS press conference, courtesy of SCMP.