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Dana White turns down Donald Trump's 'joke' of a request

Dana White turns down Donald Trump's 'joke' of a request

UFC boss Dana White was asked about Donald Trump's request.

Dana White turned down Donald Trump's 'joke' of a request following UFC Saudi Arabia.

The UFC had their very first show in Saudi Arabia last weekend as Robert Whittaker destroyed Ikram Aliskerov, who replaced Khamzat Chimaev in the main-event.

After the card, White fielded questions from the media as he was asked about a request from Trump, who is pals with the UFC CEO.

Trump proposed migrants should fight Americans in a UFC-like setting.

Dana White and Donald Trump during a UFC event. Image: Getty
Dana White and Donald Trump during a UFC event. Image: Getty

The former US president floated the bizarre idea in a speech to Christian conservatives and again at a rally in Philadelphia last Saturday.

The 78-year-old recalled a conversation he had with White, saying: "Did anyone ever hear of Dana White?”

He continued: "I said, 'Dana, I have an idea. Why don’t you set up a migrant league of fighters and have your regular league of fighters, and then you have the champion of your league - these are the greatest fighters in the world - fight the champion of the migrants'.

"I think the migrant guy might win, that’s how tough they are. He didn’t like that idea too much."

Well, after UFC on ABC 6, White seemingly turned down Trump's request and insisted the politician was 'joking'.

"It's a joke," he replied when asked about the Republican pitching a migrant fighting league.

"It was a joke... I saw everybody going crazy online. But, yeah, he did say it."

Trump was recently Octagon-side for UFC 302 in Newark, New Jersey, earlier this month.

UFC, meanwhile, are set to return to Saudi Arabia next year following their debut event last weekend.

Turki Alalshikh, who has been instrumental in making the big fights in boxing, has teamed with the MMA leaders and wants a blockbuster show in Riyadh in the first quarter of 2025.

Featured Image Credit: The Mac Life/Getty

Topics: Dana White, UFC