‘I’ve owned this’: Dana White refuses to resign as UFC president after hitting wife in video

White was asked whether he still believed what he said in a 2014 interview with Fox Sports which recently resurfaced, in which he remarked: “You never bounce back from putting your hands on a woman.”

He said he still stands by those words. “You don’t bounce back from this. For the rest of my life, people will label me that. I did it.”

He added: “One thing I do want to clarify in this thing that I didn’t talk about on TMZ, because I didn’t expect it or I didn’t see it coming, is the people that are defending me. There’s never an excuse. There’s no defence for this, and people should not be defending me, no matter what. All the criticism I’ve received this week is 100 per cent warranted.”

White’s wife, with whom the UFC president has three children, has also spoken out on the New Year’s Eve incident since it became public.

She told TMZ: “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.

“Unfortunately, we were both drinking too much on New Year’s Eve and things got out of control, on both sides. We’ve talked this through as a family and apologised to each other. I just hope people will respect our privacy for the sake of our kids.”

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