Dana White opens up on ‘craziest f***ing week’ in UFC with fights cancelled after weight issues and a collapse backstage

DANA WHITE admits the last seven days has been the “craziest f***ing week” he has endured in the build-up to UFC Vegas 5.

Charlie Ontiveros failed to make weight for his bout against Markus Perez before Trevin Giles and Kevin Holland was scrapped when the former fainted backstage moments before the clash.

Ed Herman and Gerald Meerschaert’s clash was also cancelled due to the latter testing positive for Covid-19 at the last-minute.

Meanwhile, Joanne Calderwood also fainted after her loss against Jennifer Maia and was rushed to hospital.

Holland was ready to face anyone afterwards but failed to get a showdown, and White admitted it has been one of the toughest spells of his time in charge of the MMA promotion.

He said: “This was the fu**** craziest week ever, we got through it, we are here, he fainted.

“Holland couldn’t have had a better attitude about you know the fight pulling out, he was ready to fight tonight if we ended up getting Herman back.”

As well as the above, there was also another issue for White to face questions about.

Derek Brunson sealed a third-round TKO triumph over Edmen Shahbazyen, but many questioned whether the bout should have ended sooner.

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Shahbazyen had been badly punished with some heavy ground and pound towards the end of the second round and was in bad shape as the bell tolled.

A cageside doctor assessed him and gave him the all-clear to continue but just 26 seconds into the third he was Koed in brutal fashion.

White admits he was baffled by that decision, saying: “'Shahbazyan looked like he was out at the end of that round.

“I don't know anything about the doctor, but I've never seen him before.”

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