According to Dana White, CEO, Ultimate Fighting Championship has currently lifted the ban on fighters bringing flags into the Octagon. This decision came after Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 229 event. The ban on displaying flags was imposed amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
He drew attention when Joe Pyfer displayed the American flag following his second-round submission victory over Abdul Razak Alhassan in the UFC Apex fight.
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During the post-fight press conference, Dana addressed the situation and explained that the recent UFC event marked a turning point for him, leading him to change policy.
He said, “The flags are back” and shared that the ban had upset him, especially during his Mexican Independence Day vacation. He said: “I was on vacation during Mexican Independence Day and the no-flag thing drove me crazy. So I thought, ‘Yeah, fuck that.’ “We are going to bring back the flags.” He drove me crazy.”
Initially, Dana did not consider the flag ban to be an important issue and did not strongly oppose it. However, over time, he became dissatisfied with the situation, leading to the decision to allow the wrestlers to represent their respective countries once again.
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Dana recognized that in a company like the UFC, not everything can be micromanaged. Sometimes decisions are made with good intentions, but he emphasized that his decision on many things is essentially “I don’t care.”
He said: “Everyone is too soft, everyone is too sensitive about everything. When the decision was made to do this, I thought, ‘Hey, what’s the problem if they don’t have flags?’ Mexican Independence Day flipped the switch and I thought, ‘Enough of that no-flags thing.’ The flags are back. If any flag hurt your feelings, what a shame.”