UFC President Dana White has urged him to respect retirees WWE boss Vince McMahon.
McMahon has resigned from his position as chairman, CEO and Head of Creative at the wrestling federation over the recent hush money scandal.
The 76-year-old resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct and allegations that he paid millions of dollars in hush money to several women between 2006 and 2022.
Both White and McMahon were on Donald Trump’s sports advisory committee during the covid pandemic, so they have a history.
In response to the departure of the former WWE supremo, McMahon’s daughter Stephanie has been named chairman and co-CEO, along with Nick Khan.
One of the biggest names ever in wrestling, Triple H, has been named the Head of Creative in the corporate turmoil.
McMahon announced his retirement last week with a post on Twitter, but he made no reference to the recent scandals.
He said: “At 77, time for me to retire. Thanks, WWE Universe. Then. Utilities. Forever. Together.”
However, White has shown some support for McMahon despite the scandal.
During a press conference, the 53-year-old said: “I got stories about Vince for days.
“What that guy built and what he’s done is incredible. He’s been doing it for over 50 years. I looked at that stuff as a kid and then [for him] to still be here and do it now is phenomenal.
“He’s a murderer. He buried that hatchet in my back a few times, but that’s what you have to deal with. You don’t hang out with a killer and don’t expect them to try to kill you. Yes, I have nothing but respect for Vince.”
The UFC boss gears up for the latest episode of MMA action taking place tonight at UFC 277 in Texas.
The highlight of the event’s main card is the bantamweight clash of Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes.
It remains to be seen how WWE fare in its new era as the heavily altered regime at the top of the sport takes over.
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