UFC President Dana White told reporters that Trump had talked to him about attending the fight but decided against it because he did not want to ruin the event.
President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Dana White told reporters on Tuesday that President Trump had expressed interest in attending the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor fight in Las Vegas on August 26 but decided against attending because he didn’t want the spectacle of his attendance to ruin the event.
The Mayweather/McGregor fight is anticipated to be one of the biggest sporting events of the decade and is easily going to be one of the hardest tickets in sports to come by in 2017.
A reporter asked White about other VIPs who may be in attendance.
“We’re still getting the ticket situation together,” White told the reporter. “We’re still working on that. But everybody and their mother is looking for a ticket.”
The reporter asked White if he would be sending a ticket to Trump. White spoke at the 2016 Republican convention about how Trump believed earlier than most in the success of the UFC, which is now one of the most popular sports in the world.
“Funny you say that, but they called me yesterday, and I don’t think they’re going to come, but they’ll be watching,” White told the reporter.
The reporter followed up by asking White if this meant that Trump wanted to attend the fight.
“One hundred percent,” White responded before explaining that Trump doesn’t want to ruin the event.
“[Trump] feels like he’ll ruin events, like he’ll ruin the event if he shows up,” White explained. “Secret Service is going to have to go through the place. They’d have to shut down streets and create crazy traffic.”
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