Headlining one of the biggest UFC events in the history in Melbourne, Australia, Rousey and Holm went at it during the face-off, and White says it all happened because the UFC bantamweight champion was "jockeying for position" with the undefeated challenger.
"Ronda went after her and it seemed like they were jockeying for position, either on the outside or whatever and then Holly’s hand was here and then just, Holly just hit her. And then it was on," White told Submission Radio. "But there’s no – it’s my job to make sure that that doesn’t happen and that they don’t put their hands on each other, and apparently I didn’t do my job today."
With the UFC expecting more than 50,000 fans at the Etihad Stadium and the lack of heat between champion and challenger leading up to the bout, fans started to wonder if the promotion asked both fighters to go for it a day before the fight, but White shuts down this possibility.
"Well I can tell you this, that never happens. We never tell people to go do anything," White said. "If you look at the falling outs I’ve had with fighters over the years, don’t you think that fighters would come out and say ‘they told us to go do this, and they tell us to go do that’? We don’t tell the fighters to do anything. There’s no push to sell tickets.
"Two women are selling over 50,000 tickets here, and this things trending as one of the biggest pay-per-views we’ve ever done, let alone this year. So yeah, there’s no push to go out and do anything fake. We don’t ever do things like that. And if we did, you’d have heard about it by now, believe me."
Rousey (12-0) looks for her sixth straight title defense inside the Octagon, while former boxing champion Holm (9-0) tries to make history after winning her first couple bouts under the UFC banner.