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UFC President Says Trump Wanted to Attend Fight the Day After 2016 Election

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White said that President Donald Trump wanted to attend a fight the day after he was elected president in 2016.

Trump called him and expressed the desire after beating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, White said.

“When he was elected, he called me the night he was elected, and told me to get down to the party, the afterparty, and I went. And he wanted to go to the Conor McGregor fight the next night. And obviously, he didnt know what he didnt know at the time, how crazy itd be,” White told reporters at a press conference on Saturday.

“And then he called me the next morning and said, you know what, Im going to ruin your event if I go. I think itll ruin it, and theyll have to shut everything down and I dont think its a good idea. Lets plan this again when theres more time to plan.'”

White noted that Trump was a big supporter of the UFC in the companys early days, letting the company hold its first fights at Trump Taj Mahal, a Trump venue that was open until 2016 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Trump attended those fights and went to another early fight at the Meadowlands.

“Everything that ever happened to me in my career, Trump was the first guy to pick up the phone and get back to me,” White said. He later called him the “most stand-up guy.”

UFC President Dana White speaks to reporters in a file photograph. (Photo by Zhe Ji/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
President Donald Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-Calif.) look on during UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden, in New York ON Nov. 2, 2019. (Evan Vucci/AP Photo)

Trump and sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, along with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.)

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