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Helwani believes Dana White didn’t “save UFC 279”

MMA journalist Ariel Helwani believes the credit for the latest UFC 279 card changes is going to the wrong individual. During a recent episode of


MMA journalist Ariel Helwani believes the credit for the latest UFC 279 card changes is going to the wrong individual.

During a recent episode of The MMA Hour, host Helwani answered questions from fans about the series of unique and unprecedented events that preceded UFC 279.

“I saw a tweet from Kevin Iole, in which he said: ‘Man, what Dana White accomplished in the last six or seven hours, nothing short of amazing’Helwani said. “I’ll admit, I was like, ‘I feel like we’re not giving credit to the right person here’. People thought I was the one he hated, the one who was strict, the one who called him whatever, but no. In hindsight, maybe I should have phrased it differently.”

“This is the question, if you want to give credit to someone… of course fighters deserve credit. But I’m speaking from the perspective of the UFC. There is a guy who is responsible for this. There is a guy that when I talked to all the members of this puzzle… It was Hunter… He is the reason this was done«

“Every person I talked to said, ‘This was the guy who did it.’ … Let’s give credit where credit is dueHelwani added. “Dana is the one who is going to come out and make the announcement… there’s a general manager on every team who gets the job done and the owner who gets the glory.