During the UFC 287 pre-fight press conference, athletes Jorge Masvidal and Kevin Holland were expected to be questioned about their altercation during fight week. However, UFC president Dana White shut down any inquiries about the issue. The incident occurred at the host hotel in Miami, and videos showed the welterweights engaged in a shouting match.
Masvidal responded with an expletive-filled reply when asked what had happened, which led to Holland yelling back at him. White was visibly annoyed by the questions and refused to discuss them further, reminding reporters that the athletes would not be facing each other on the card. Masvidal is set to fight Gilbert Burns, while Holland will take on Santiago Ponzinibbio.
White also reaffirmed that Colby Covington would be next in line for a title shot at welterweight champion Leon Edwards. Although both Masvidal and Burns claimed an impressive win could change White’s decision, the UFC president emphasized Covington’s dedication to the sport and said he “deserves the fight.” Masvidal, who was ordered to stay away from Covington after allegedly assaulting him in March, openly booed this decision and took a shot at his former teammate, questioning when the last time he finished a fight was.
When asked about the recent merger between UFC and WWE, White declined to elaborate, stating that the focus should remain on the upcoming fights. Reporters continued to ask questions, but White became increasingly agitated and referred to them as “stupid.” Holland responded to a question about the WWE with “no comment” to avoid getting into trouble.
Overall, tensions were high at the press conference due to the prior altercation between Masvidal and Holland and reporters’ persistent inquiries about the issue. While White remained firm in his decision to grant Covington the next title shot, Masvidal and Burns plan to give their all to see if they can change his mind.