The UFC President Dana White recently revealed that he was not a fan of Oscar De La Hoya’s booking of White’s close friend Chuck Liddell for a third fight against Tito Ortiz that saw an aged ‘Iceman’ get knocked out in the first round. Previously, White and De La Hoya also had a back-and-forth war of words since De La Hoya attacked White for his part in the crossover fight between UFC great Conor McGregor and pro boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.
Dana White says Oscar De La Hoya’s Apology was sincere
Though Dana White respects Oscar De La Hoya’s attempt to smooth over things in their relationship, the UFC president made it clear that there’s no way they can be friends again. He stated that the history between the two had a lot to overcome, despite a ‘sincere’ apology from Oscar De La Hoya.
Dana White said:
“I feel like De La Hoya’s apology was sincere, but there’s no way that he and I can ever be friends again. He and I were actually friends, I used to go to his fights, I used to watch his fights and promote his fights. That guy did way too much damage for us to ever be friends again. I appreciate his apology, get it. We’re cool but we’re never going to be that cool.”
Earlier this year, Oscar De La Hoya tried to smooth things with White. In a chat with TMZ Sports, he said he had hoped that the two could work things out. He expanded on that sentiment during an interview with The MMA Hour in June, saying:
“There were some exchanges going back and forth, me and Dana, to which I apologized to him a thousand percent. There’s still a lot of business to be done with me and Dana in the future… If he ever wants to talk and sit down, imagine our two powerhouses and creating something together. It would be pretty unique.”