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Morning Report: Dana White comments on War Machine and Josh Grispi, believes UFC is being 'unfairly' associated with both men

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Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Prior to news that ex-Bellator welterweight Jon 'War Machine' Koppenhaver was apprehended Friday in Simi Valley, California, UFC president Dana White gave his take on the events that led to the fighter's arrest. Koppenhaver was wanted by the Las Vegas Police Department on seven arrest warrants following an alleged assault that took place Aug. 8 and left his former girlfriend, Christy Mack, and a male acquaintance hospitalized.

"It's horrible," White told media members Friday in Bangor, Maine. "Horrible ... and every time I've got to see, 'Ex-UFC fighter' when the stories are written. He fought twice! Six years ago! He was a current Bellator, Viacom fighter. I had my staff calling these reporters. 'We don't know what Bellator is' and I said, 'Ever heard of Viacom? That's who he fights for. He fights for Viacom. Not the UFC.'

White went on to explain how 'unfair' it was for the UFC's brand to be associated with the savage beating of a woman.

"They want clicks," said White. "They want clicks. They want readers. Come on. How unfair is it? A guy fought two times, six years ago and he's an ex-UFC fighter. He's been a Bellator fighter since they started Bellator or however long it's been years. He's been fighting for them. I get it, not everybody's heard of them, but it's frickin' Viacom."

White was also asked for comment on former UFC featherweight prospect Josh Grispi, who was arrested twice in four days after allegedly assaulting his wife. On Aug. 5, Grispi pleaded innocent to "two counts of assault and battery, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, two counts of violating a restraining order, animal cruelty, malicious damage to a motor vehicle, drug possession to cultivate marijuana and improper storage of a large capacity firearm and rifle or shotgun near a child" in Massachusetts' District Court.

"Let me tell you what. We all know War Machine. When you hear something like that, it's horrifying to hear about it, but Grispi? I never saw that coming. That kid didn't seem to have that type of demeanor. You never know.

"It's sad and it's horrifying. It's bad news. Terrible."

Koppenhaver will appear in Ventura County Superior Court at 1:30 p.m. on Aug. 19.

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