UFC President Dana White is done with it.
On Friday night during a session with reporters backstage at UFC 231 ceremonial weigh-ins in Toronto, White made one thing perfectly clear: He is fed up with talking about Greg Hardy, his history of domestic violence and Rachael Ostovich.
"I'm not going to talk about Greg Hardy anymore," White said. "I already covered this. I'm not playing this bulls— with you guys. He's on the UFC roster. He's on the UFC roster – period, end of story."
The UFC came under fire this week on social media and from national news outlets after it was revealed that Hardy, a former NFL All-Pro turned MMA heavyweight, was booked to make his promotional debut Jan. 19 at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn. Why the uproar? Ostovich, who last month suffered a broken orbital and other injuries after alleged domestic violence by her MMA fighter husband, is also booked on the card.
Ostovich originally was pulled from her flyweight fight with Paige VanZant in the immediate aftermath of the alleged attack. A doctor's second opinion, however, gave Ostovich clearance to still fight. When she insisted on still competing, she was put back on the card.
All the while, White hinted that the UFC had planned to have Hardy's debut on the first ESPN+ show for a while. When it came time to seal the deal, White – as he'd told MMAjunkie one day earlier – reiterated that nothing was booked without Ostovich's approval.
"So we've been building this ESPN card for a while, and he was one of the guys that we had planned on putting on that card," White said. "But, no, it wasn't booked (without Ostovich knowing)."
Still, critics said, having a convicted domestic abuser share a fight card with a recent victim of alleged domestic abuse was a bad look for the UFC. Accusations of being tone deaf to the situation flew. Why would the UFC put itself in this position?
White flipped it on the media when asked by a reporter.
"He's on the roster. You guys want to be sensitive about shit. Anybody can be sensitive about anything. You can make an issue about everything," White said. "The weird thing is you guys give a (expletive), but she doesn't. She doesn't care. You know what she said yesterday in her statement? 'Please stop asking me about this. I want to focus on training. I don't want this to be an issue for me. I don't know this guy. This guy has nothing to do with me. I have nothing to do with this guy. This guy's never done anything to me. This isn't an issue.'
"You, you. you … and a lot of other people are making this an issue. It's not an issue for her. She actually doesn't want to talk about it anymore."
White's assessment of Ostovich's reaction is more or less accurate as she told TSN that his initial response "covered it well" while adding that she "would love to move forward and focus on training."
That's enough for White, who blamed the media for creating something out of nothing, to put this to bed.
"If you guys want to keep bringing this up and making it an issue, you can. And I get it. It probably gets hits, and it probably does well for you guys. I get it," White said. "But she doesn't want to talk about it anymore. So that's the end of the story. I'm done with it. I'm done with it. I'm done with it.
"I'm done with it!"
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