“President Trump recognized that one of the small ways to instill a sense of normalcy in people’s lives was to bring back entertainment options,” Dana White bellowed tonight of the Republican Nationwide Conference.
“The President went above and beyond to help all sports leagues involved figure out a way to overcome the challenges of staging live professional sporting events in the middle of a pandemic,” the UFC boss added not lengthy earlier than the ex-Superstar Apprentice host is about to ship his 2020 RNC acceptance speech from the White Home.
“And you know what, we did it. The UFC were the first to do it and we continue to do it. Now other sports have joined us.” In one in every of a sequence of feedback that had been lampooned on cable information in a while, the MMA promoter uncared for to notice that the UFC tapped out its preliminary efforts to get again in enterprise this spring.
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Regardless of his pumping up of Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has claimed over 180,000 American lives thus far, White overlooked that it took the UFC a few false begins earlier than they held their a pay-per-view occasion on ESPN in May. An occasion that noticed a fighter and two staffers take a look at constructive for COVID-19.
In fact in his newest vociferous endorsement of all issues Trump and lament of the “ton of negativity in 2020,” White additionally uncared for to say in his pre-taped remarks that groups within the NBA, the WNBA, MLB and the NHL are literally not taking part in in or out of their coronavirus bubble tonight. The sports activities strike was kicked off yesterday by the Milwaukee Bucks refusing to take the court docket for his or her playoff recreation in opposition to the Orlando Magic in response to the close to deadly taking pictures of Jacob Blake by police and extra killings in Kenosha, WI.
Nonetheless, in what was primarily a rerun of his speech on the 2016 Republican Conference, the UFC president leap again into the electoral octagon for Trump and his “unique attributes” on Thursday. “I have said it before, and I will say it again, he is one of the most loyal human beings I have ever met,” White declared this night. “The man was unstoppable energy, no one, I mean no one is going to outwork this guy,” the excessive quantity blended martial arts league frontman went on to say.
Praising Trump’s financial file and sometimes pausing to catch his breath, White gave his pal a cross in insisting that “no one person, and no one place could have anticipated the challenges that COVID would bring.” White additionally appeared to be provide Trump a mat smacking backhand compliant when he asserted that solely coronavirus knocked trump out of the winner’s circle. “We weren’t facing the lawless destruction that now is occurring in a few of our great cities,” White famous Like Trump, White seemingly didn’t see the unhappy irony of the truth that such so-called lawless destruction” is occurring below Trump’s watch.
Not fairly sufficiently big to warrant a spot within the coveted 10 PM ET hour when the printed networks protection begins, White took a slap down on cable information when his speech was completed.
Over on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow and different hosts on the Comcast-owned out had been brazenly laughing at White’s considerably self-interested remarks on the COVID-19 disaster and legislation and order in America, to call just a few. “We just got a new wheel barrow of stuff that we want to get a reality check on” a laughing Maddow added earlier than speaking to an precise physician on White’s well being disaster proclamations.
BTW – Beside the Venn diagram of their respective fanbases and POTUS exhibiting up at a UFC match final yr at NYC’s MSG, Trump and White really do go means means again.
Lengthy earlier than Trump’s one-time agent Ari Emanuel and Endeavor acquired the UFC for $four billion in 2016, the developer opened up his struggling Atlantic Metropolis casinos to White and his fighters after they may barely get a venue anyplace in America. “Not only did he have us out there for the first one, he came to the second show too, then when we left the Taj Mahal and we went to the Meadowlands, he even showed up to the event at the Meadowlands,” White advised Hill.TV at the moment of the connection that started within the early 2000s.
And that’s the true enterprise of why Dana White confirmed up for Donald Trump tonight, at the same time as most sports activities have gone darkish and on strike in opposition to systemic racism.