UFC boss takes blame for Jones-Cormier brawl


Posted at Aug 19 2014 05:17 PM | Updated as of Aug 20 2014 01:17 AM

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White took the responsibility for the brawl between light-heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones and top contender Daniel Cormier during a press conference earlier this month.

Jones and Cormier were involved in a now-infamous brawl during the media day for their title bout that was originally scheduled for UFC 178.

"You want to know what my personal opinion is? Our bad. It's our bad," White told MMA Fighting of the Jones-Cormier brawl. "These are fighters. They were two of the baddest duded in the world going face-to-face to stare it off." [http://www.mmafighting.com/2014/8/17/6025997/dana-white-on-danier-cormier-jon-jones-brawl-our-bad]

"We have to make sure that doesn't happen. It shouldn't happen, and it shouldn't have happened. But it did," he added.

White was not present during the incident, as he was on vacation. Instead, it was Dave Sholler, UFC's senior director of public relations, who was left to sort out the brawl and its aftermath.

"Dave Sholler doesn't have a lot of experience in stare-downs," White admitted. "And that thing got a little crazy."

"This is the fight business, man. This isn't ice-skating. It's the fight business, and anything can happen at any moment," he added. "No matter how educated the guys are, how great they are, everything is always explosive."

"Two of the baddest dudes get in each other's face, you've got to be ready and make sure that doesn't happen."

The brawl drew a lot of attention to the Jones-Cormier fight, but the championship bout has since been rescheduled after Jones suffered a knee injury in practice.

The fight, originally scheduled for September 27, will instead be held on January 3.