Light heavyweight title contender Glover Teixeira has opened up about the aftermath of UFC boss Dana White beating his wife and says he should be forgiven.
Media commentators in the US immediately urged White to resign or be sacked over the incident, but the 53-year-old went before the press last week and claimed no further punishment was necessary as the damage to his reputation was enough.
When asked if he felt White got off lightly for domestic violence, Teixeira told News Corp, “I don’t have much[too]to say about it.”
“If he regrets it, if he apologized, we should forgive him.
“Well, if he does it again, if he does it again, it’s like, ‘Oh, he’s a fake.’ But if he doesn’t do it again, we can believe he’s sorry and we’ll just move on.”
White had previously spoken out against domestic violence, most notably in 2014 after footage surfaced of NFL running back Ray Rice and attacking his fiancé in an elevator.
At the time White told Fox Sports Live he “wouldn’t want to be in NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s shoes” before drawing a clear line between domestic violence and the UFC.
“(It was) like that in the UFC since we started here. You don’t flinch when you lay hands on a woman.”
And yet, White has returned squarely to his day-to-day life as UFC president, claiming, “The penalty is that I did it, and now I have to deal with it.”
Former UFC fighter Ramsey Nihem took offense at White’s comments, asking why he was suspended in 2019 after testing positive for marijuana and taking to Twitter with a tongue-in-cheek response.
“When I was suspended for 9 months for weed, I think the better sentence (to be known) would have been as a weed user. That’s the penalty… being known as a weed user, I’ll have to live with it for the rest of my life.”
But Teixeira, who will fight Jamahal Hill for the vacant light heavyweight title at UFC 283 on Sunday, said he believes White regrets his actions.
“He apologized. It’s a situation he put himself in, it’s very sad to see, but he apologized and I feel like he has a lot of regrets,” Teixeira said.
“This situation is about forgiving, you know. Forgive him – his wife has forgiven him, hopefully his kids can… it’s a mistake (White) made and hopefully he grows from it and learns from it and can get better.
“My relationship with him is just professional,” added the Brazilian.
“You know me, I always love and support family and wish him and his family all the best.”
Originally released as UFC star Glover Teixeira in response to Dana White domestic abuse controversy
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