Boxing promoter Bob Arum has slammed the UFC and Dana White for proceeding with fight cards in the midst of a global pandemic, but says he expects nothing less from White, a vocal advocate of the leadership of Donald Trump.
The UFC has been knocked back on several occasions in recent weeks, first in London and then on tribal land in California, as they tried to maintain a business-as-usual approach while most other global sporting entities ground to a halt in light of the ongoing coronavirus health crisis.
UFC 249, which was intended to take place last weekend, was canceled by White at the eleventh hour after the UFC president received pressure from broadcast partner ESPN and Disney, who owns an 80% stake in the sports network.
Undeterred, White has maintained that he will push forward and plans are being arranged to hold a fight card on May 9, most likely in Florida.
Legendary boxing promoter Arum says returning swiftly is not a good look for White or the UFC.
The CEO of Top Rank has maintained over the years that he isn’t a fan of the UFC product, but he does hold their promotional acumen in high regard.
However, he has taken exception to their apparent willingness to host fight cards in the middle of a health crisis.
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