UFC president Dana White has admitted to the promotional company making a gaffe during the weigh-in for UFC 2005, revealing that Ronda Rousey was never supposed to actually speak after her face-off with bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
The 29-year-old Rousey came under from criticism from both fans as well as her opponent Nunes over her behaviour at the weigh-in. However, White has confirmed that neither of the fighters was supposed to be interviewed. The promoters wanted them to square-off, face the crowd and then make a quick exit.
That White grabbed Rousey's arm was not to keep her on stage but to turn her to face the crowd with the president wanting to keep the American on stage for enough time while someone gave Nunes her belt for the photo op.
"My production guy screwed that thing up. It made Ronda look bad again, like she just stormed off. They were not supposed to do an interview. They were supposed to go out there, square off, and they were supposed to walk away", said White as quoted by MMAFighting.
"We're not perfect all the time. Our team is coming into this big event, we made a lot of mistakes coming into this event that I'm not happy about. Not stuff that you would notice. I try to be perfect, but it didn't work out."
'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey has kept a low profile since her last outing at the Octagon, only talking to the media at some big events or due to Hollywood obligations. White, however, said that Rousey has been talking to the media as seen by her appearances on various talk shows.
"She was on Ellen. She's doing Kimmel. She's doing all the talk shows. Is she going to talk to you guys (the MMA media)? I don't know", the UFC president added.