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UFC president: Trump wanted to attend UFC fight the day after 2016 election

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UFC President Dana White claimed that President Trump wanted to attend a UFC fight featuring Conor McGregor the day after he won his 2016 election campaign.

White said Saturday at a press conference that the president called him during his victory party on election night where he told him that he wanted to attend the fight.

“And obviously he didn’t know what he didn’t know at the time. How crazy it would be,” White said explaining that Trump called him later and said he could not attend and did not want to ruin the event by attending. He added that the president said he wanted to attend a UFC event later.

Trump was greeted with both cheers and boos when he attended a UFC fight on Saturday at Madison Square Garden.

Walking into Madison Square Garden last night with @danawhite for the big @UFC Championship fight was a little bit like walking into a Trump Rally. Plenty of MAGA & KAG present. Great energy. Fantastic job Dana! Heading to D.C. and then to Kentucky for a big @MattBevin Rally…

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)
November 3, 2019

White had high praise for the president after the fight saying he had helped him out throughout his career.

“Everything that ever happened to me in my career, Trump was the first guy to pick up the phone and reach out to me,” he said, adding that the president was the “most stand up guy.”

The fight White referred to occurred a couple days after Election Day on Nov. 12, 2016. McGregor beat Eddie Alvarez with a knockout in what would be McGregor’s second to last UFC fight.

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