UFC President Dana White said Tuesday night that Isreal’s Kahlon calling Afghanistan’s Basharat a terrorist during weigh-ins the previous day was within the bounds of fighting trash talk. “The best way to solve the problem is you fight and you fight legally,” he said.
Dana White rather let fighters be the trash talk police in the Octagon
“No, not in this business I don’t [worry that it’s too far],” White said last night following this week’s edition of the series. “If you look, you can add that to the pile of some pretty nasty things that have been said in this sport. And not just this sport — boxing, I’m sure Muay Thai, kickboxing, you name it. Mean things are said. … In this insanely politically correct world that we’re living in, this is one place that is not.”
The incident took place on Monday morning with UFC matchmaker Sean Shelby working to stay in between the fighters.
Basharat however, had the last word when he scored a third-round submission win over Kahlon in their bout Tuesday night. White said actions will always speak louder than words in UFC.
“Are we gonna do anything? It got done tonight,” White said. “You know what I mean? It’s the beautiful thing about this sport. I say it all the time: This is not a nice sport. This is a very rough sport. We say a lot of mean things to each other, you know, and justice gets served at the end of the day.”
The victory moved the 26-year-old Basharat to 11-0 and earned him the most coveted deal in MMA, a UFC contract.
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–Field Level Media