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Dana White Blasts ‘Greasy, Slimy Rat’ Stephen Espinoza Over UFC 223 Comments

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Don’t expect the UFC to team up with Showtime again any time soon.

After working with the premium cable network during the Conor McGregor-Floyd Mayweather boxing match last year, UFC president Dana White has not held his tongue when it comes to how he feels about Showtime Sports general manager Stephen Espinoza since that fight ended.

On Saturday night, White exploded when addressing Showtime executive after he took shots at the UFC for calling the fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Al Iaquinta a title fight despite one of them missing weight.

The UFC had announced that it would consider the winner of the fight the lightweight champion regardless of Iaquinta not making weight. Of course, Iaquinta only accepted the fight a day before the event and he had already weighed in for a different fight where he was allowed to weigh as much as 156 pounds.

White responded to those tweets during the UFC 223 post fight press conference.

“I don’t want to give this guy any publicity because he loves it, but that greasy, slimy rat [Stephen] Espinoza talking about how we break the rules and all this other s–t. Oh my god. Just keep trying to be HBO and don’t worry about what the f–k we’re doing, you slimy little rat,” White said.

To add even more fuel to the fire, earlier in the night Floyd Mayweather did an interview during a Showtime boxing broadcast and mentioned the possibility of competing in the UFC.

Mayweather stated that if he fights again, it would only be in the Octagon but he would want Showtime involved with the broadcast somehow.

White shot down that possibility in a hurry.

“That ain’t happening,” White said about working with Showtime. “We’ll do it on HBO.”

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