With video of Dana White slapping his wife in the face in a club in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico on New Year’s Eve now spreading across the internet, we are forced to frame this week’s discussion around whether MMA is edging ever closer to a world without the longtime UFC president. Regardless if White skates on this incident the same way he’s skated without any real consequences so much in the past, it feels like he’s getting closer to the exit, doesn’t it? How would that effect the UFC? Maybe not at all, honestly.
Plus, where do we see the UFC’s product headed in general during 2023, perhaps the last year of its broadcast deal with ESPN? How are our personal fan relationships with this sport holding up? And what is in store for the Bellators, PFLs and One Championships of the world?
All that and more on the first CME of 2023.