Dana White on His Family Moving Past Physical Altercation With Wife: “No Kids Want to See That Sh**”

Dana White is opening up about the physical altercation he had with his wife on New Year’s Eve in 2022 and how it impacted his children the most.

At the time, video captured the UFC CEO slapping a woman in the face (he later confirmed it was his wife, Anne White) during a heated argument at a bar in Mexico. After the incident made headlines, he released a statement, saying there were no excuses for his actions, adding, “There’s never, ever an excuse for a guy to put his hands on a woman.”

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More than a year later, White made an appearance on a recent episode of the Club Shay Shay podcast, where host Shannon Sharpe asked him how he was able to get through that incident because “that had to be the toughest time that you had ever gone through in your life.”

He quickly responded, “It wasn’t. COVID was. Yeah, COVID was way tougher than that.”

“It wasn’t about getting through it publicly. It was about getting through it personally with my kids,” White continued. “Me and my wife, we’re fine…. The kids had never seen that before. It was on the world stage, we embarrassed them, you know. And no kids want to see that shit with your parents.”

He explained that the situation had nothing to do with anyone else except his family and that those close to him know his true character.

“Everybody else can go fuck themselves, OK. It had nothing to do with them. It was about my family. That’s what’s important,” White said. “The people who know me and know her [his wife], they know us and we’re fine. It was my kids. That was something personal between me and my family.”

“People still talk about it and I would have an opinion, too. I would have an opinion seeing that, you know what I mean,” the businessman added. “If that happened there on New Year’s Eve, basically on stage at a club in Mexico, that probably isn’t the first rodeo, you know what I mean. I would say the same thing but I know exactly who I am, my kids know who I am, my circle of people that I give a shit about know who I am and that’s what mattered to me.”

In his statement following the altercation, White noted that there was “a lot of alcohol” involved in the incident and that it had “never happened before.”

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