Dana White Cancels UFC 279 Press Conference ‘For Everybody’s Safety’ After Backstage Incident


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Fight fans are still nearly 2 full days away from the first punches being thrown at UFC 279, but the event has already made history for the organization. Unfortunately, it isn’t the good kind.

The UFC 279 press conference was supposed to take place today to give the media a chance to speak with the fighters featured on the pay-per-view card. Before the event could begin, Dana White announced that for the first time in UFC history, the press conference would be cancelled.

Dana White cancels UFC 279 press conference due to incident backstage

According to MMA insider Ariel Helwani, the incident that caused the cancellation involved Khamzat Chimaev, who is fighting Nate Diaz in the UFC 279 main event, and Kevin Holland, who is fighting Daniel Rodriguez further down the card.

Helwani also added that punches, kicks, and objects were thrown during the incident.

Holland has already taken to Twitter to chime in on the incident.

This is already shaping up to be an eventful weekend for the UFC.

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