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21st Sep 2018

Dana White says UFC 229 open to Trump, Putin and Conor McGregor’s entire entourage

Trump continues to turn down invites

Darragh Murphy

UFC President Dana White claims that both Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin have an open invite to UFC events.

White has revealed that both Trump and Putin would be welcome to attend UFC 229 on October 6 but neither are expected to show up.

Undefeated Russian fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov will put his UFC lightweight title on the line against former champion Conor McGregor in two weeks and considering the intensity of the pair’s first press conference, fireworks are expected before fight night.

White anticipates UFC 229 to be the most successful pay-per-view in his promotion’s history, claiming that the broadcast is trending at 2.5 million buys.

When asked whether Trump or Putin would be welcome at the T-Mobile Arena on October 6, the UFC boss revealed that they will always have a front-row seating waiting for them.

“They are always invited to the fight,” White told TMZ.

“But President Trump told me he won’t come to a fight because he would ruin it for us, so he watches on pay-per-view.”

White also revealed that McGregor’s posse, many of whom were involved in the now-infamous attack on a bus at the Barclays Centre in April, would not be banned from the venue this weekend.

Back in April, White was fuming at McGregor’s entourage including members of The Mac Life team that he blamed for allowing ‘The Notorious’ access to the Barclays Center bus attack.

“What happened here today is Conor and approximately 20 guys were apparently let in through the doors by the Mac Life guys who were credentialed here,” White told MMA Junkie.

“They opened the doors for them through an entrance and they stormed the building. They got down to the loading docks, where the fighters were getting on the buses, and they started to attack the buses… 

“Obviously everybody is shaken up. When 30 thugs storm a building when these guys were all cutting weight and getting ready for a fight. This is the most disgusting thing that’s happened in the history of the company.”

However, asked if both fighters will be allowed to bring their posses and media teams, the UFC president was in a forgiving mood.

“Yeah, they’ll be at the fight,” White said.

“Both posses [McGregor’s and Nurmagomedov’s], they both had similar ones today. There were a lot of people here on both sides. We figured that out today and we’ll figure it out at the fight.”

Sleepless nights ahead for the security organisers.