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Video: Dana White Leaves No Doubt Regarding His Feelings On The Stitch Duran Situation

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Many fans were irked with the UFC's handling of the Stitch Duran situation.

The well-known cutman was fired by the promotion during the week following an interview in which he was critical of the UFC.


After Saturday night's bantamweight title fight between TJ Dillashaw and Renan Barao, Dana White spoke to Fox Sports about Duran's sacking.

White did not allow the feelings of fans to mitigate his words.

The UFC president was extremely frank, extinguishing any possibility that the cutman might return to the UFC and saying that the two were never friends.

No, he won't be coming back.

First of all, you do realize we have 10 cutmen that work for the UFC? Lorenzo and I decided that we would hire cutmen for the fighters early on when we bought the UFC.

Stitch Duran needs to learn what the meaning of 'friend' is. Stitch Duran and I were never friends. We were work associates. We came up together from the boxing world, and when we hired cutmen, he was one of the guys I brought in here. Friends are people you call on the phone, you hang out with, you talk to all the time.

Don House, was one of our cutmen. He and I were very close and still are. Stitch Duran was never my friend. Another thing about Stitch Duran saying I should've called him, I have never dealt with the cutmen ever. We have a department that deals with them.

We weren't friends. We're not friends, and no, he shouldn't have been expecting a call from me. If he's a friend, why didn't he reach out to me?

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