More fallout emerged for UFC president Dana White after he slapped his wife, Anne, while celebrating the New Year in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this past weekend.
Power Slap League, which White headlines, will not have its debut broadcast on TBS as scheduled, due to the backlash White has been receiving, according to Front Office Sports. The first episode was expected to air after AEW at 10 pm ET on January 11.
A TBS spokesperson told FOS that Power Slap has now been moved to January 18 for its debut.
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White issued an apology, saying alcohol had been involved, but no excuses were given.
«I’m literally not making excuses for this at all. It’s never happened before. It’s the first time it’s happened, and people are going to say what they’re going to say,» he told TMZ Sports.
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«It is what it is. And whatever people say, it’s deserved. I deserve it. It happened. I don’t know why it happened, and my wife and I have apologized, we have apologized to our children.» , and this is one of those things where everyone is going to weigh in. I don’t care what people think about this. We are more concerned about our children and taking care of our family.»
Anne White has also apologized for her role in the altercation.
«Dana and I have been married for almost 30 years,» she said. «To say this is out of character for him is an understatement; nothing like this has ever happened before. Unfortunately, we were both drinking too much on New Year’s Eve, and things got out of hand, on both sides. We’ve talked about this. as a family and we apologize to each other. I just hope people respect our privacy for the sake of our children.»
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White negotiated the broadcast deal with TBS for Power Slap outside of the UFC broadcast and streaming deals that are with ESPN. White believes that the slap fight, along with the UFC brand of it, is the future of combat sports.
«The sport of slap fighting is about to go to a whole new level,» he said in November.
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Power Slap became a licensed sport through the Nevada Athletic Commission in October.