Like any event led by Conor McGregor, Saturday’s UFC 264 was packed with heavyweight celebrities.
Only on the live broadcast did we see people like Travis Barker and Kurt Kardashian, Justin Bieber, Dave Shappel, Jared Leto and Megan Fox. And that’s not even half the list of participating actors, musicians, sports stars and business magnates.
A well-known name we didn’t see on live TV was Donald Trump. The former president did so a warm welcome to a part of the crowd, especially from this guy.
UFC President Dana White said Trump’s exclusion from the broadcast was a misbehavior by a group of producers. As he explained to TMZ Sports …
Whatever happened, we were preparing to show it between the main and main events. And I think you remember we showed OBJ? We showed OBJ, then he had to go to David Spad, 2 Chains, and then to the President.
And we had some sort of malfunction in the truck. And then the Conor fight ended with the (first) round. So we never had a chance.
Let’s say a very big fk by my production team, but it’s live TV and it happens.
White, a longtime friend of Trump, said the production team needs to know better. Now the rest of the world has deprived the former president of the opportunity to watch the UFC program go live.
I don’t even need to tell them, it’s just the whole part of the deal when we did it tonight. And what wins if you’ve seen it when the kids enter the arena. I experienced it in New York, then in Vegas, there is no such thing.
All arenas stand on their feet. The whole place is standing. Everyone has a phone. If you’re in a live battle and the President comes in, it’s one of the craziest you’ll ever witness.
There may also be a potential reaction, given the political inclinations of the company’s top executives. That’s what the White House had to say.
No one tells me how to do that show. And I would never do that.
Politics aside, if the former president emerges, it doesn’t matter to me who he appears to be, whether it’s Obama, Trump, or Jimmy Carter. We would have respected former U.S. presidents.
No matter how Hedliner finishes, UFC 264 is still a huge success. The event reportedly bought 1.8 million PPVs, the second best-selling battle card After a $ 2.4 million acquisition of UFC 229.