The week of UFC 223 could be one of the most chaotic build-ups in recent UFC history. Through all the fracas, Showtime Sports Executive Vice President and General Manager Stephen Espinoza threw some criticisms at the UFC.
Espinoza specifically hit at the UFC for “outdoing boxing in terms of shadiness” and declaring a title fight even if Iaquinta failed to make weight. During the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White issued a response, and none of them were sweet words, as quite expected.
“Just to clear something up, too. I don’t want to give this guy any publicity because he loves it, but that greasy, slimy rat Espinoza talking about how ‘Oh, we break the rules’ and all the other sh-t,” White said.
“Just keep trying to be HBO and don’t worry about what the f—k we’re doing, you slimy little rat.”
White admitted that the fight week mess did stress him out, but he is completely satisfied with how the event turned out, especially through the numbers it made.
“In a perfect world, it would have been great if Conor didn’t show up and do that,” White said. “And obviously, I didn’t see that coming or I would’ve tried very hard to prevent that.”
“But we broke a record tonight. We broke our own record, and we didn’t just break it. We blew it out of the water. We beat it by almost $1 million. The pay-per-view’s been great, too. So yeah, it was awesome.”
According to White, UFC 223 earned a total gate of $3 million and garnered a sold-out attendance of 17,026, claiming that it was the highest-grossing sporting event in Barclays Center history.