UFC President Dana White has reacted to the viral clip of Conor McGregor knocking out an NBA mascot and sending him to the hospital.
On Friday night, Burnie, the Miami Heat mascot, invited McGregor onto the court during the NBA finals and let him punch him in the face.
— Overtime (@overtime) June 10, 2023
According to a report from The Athletic, the man who plays Burnie had to go to the emergency room to get checked out after the punch.
The man who plays the Miami Heat's mascot, Burnie, was taken to the emergency room for treatment after being leveled by former UFC champion Conor McGregor on Friday night during a mid-game bit.
— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) June 10, 2023
After Saturday night’s UFC 289, White told the media that he didn’t think it was a good idea for mascots to allow professional fighters to punch them in the face.
“I saw the Deontay Wilder one too; what’s up with mascots getting punched in the face by professional fighters? What do you expect? What are those mascot things made out of, unless you’re like the Golden Knights mascot…with a metal helmet, I wouldn’t have professional fighters punch me in the face if I was a mascot, doesn’t seem like the brightest thing in the world.”