Dana White: ‘Justice Was Served’ After ‘Terrorist’ Comment

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Never call out your opponent for being a terrorist, or if you do, you better make sure you win.

During Monday night’s Contender Series weigh-ins, Israel’s Oron Kahlon called Afghanistan’s Javid Basharat a “terrorist” during the traditional faceoff after Basharat had declined his handshake, per MMA Fighting. UFC Boss Dana White said the following day he didn’t believe the remarks were too far, and said that’s why they fight it out in the cage instead.

Basharat dominated Kahlon, submitting him with a choke with 48 seconds to go. With the W he earned a UFC contract.


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Following the fight White explained:

“You know what my answer is to that,” White said in the post-fight news conference. “Are we going to do anything? It got done tonight. You know what I mean? It’s the beautiful thing about the sport. I say it all the time: This is not a nice sport. This is a very rough sport. We say a lot of mean things to each other and justice gets served at the end of the day.

“When you have a situation like that, the best way to solve the problem is you fight. And you fight legally and you get paid to do it. And that’s what happened tonight.”

White was then asked if he felt there was a line that could be crossed in trash talking that would make it a “little too far.”

“No. Not in this business I don’t,” White said. “If you look, you can add that to the pile of some pretty nasty things that have been said in this sport. And not just this sport — boxing, I’m sure Muay Thai, kickboxing, you name it. Mean things are said. In this insanely politically correct world we’re living in this is one place that is not.”

UFC’s code of conduct policy is pretty loose.

We know prefight trash talk helps hype the fight, that’s not going to stop anytime soon..


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