In the monied and highly unequal world of the UFC, Dana White's word can not be taken as a byword for consistency.
UFC superstar Conor McGregor has responded to his famous ref push incident with a tweet, before it was quickly deleted. You touch the referee, you're done. Now, I don't know what they are going to do. "I've never felt so good in my life", said De La Hoya, who also confirmed he'd only accept the fight in a boxing ring. As Bellator 187 in Dublin, Ireland this past Friday, McGregor's SBG Ireland teammate Charlie Ward appeared to knock out fellow middleweight John Redmond with just one second left in the opening frame.
McGregor is by far the biggest star in MMA and the UFC and it remains to be seen how heavily the relevant commissions come down on the lightweight champion.
McGregor was in line to make his UFC comeback in the coming months with the MMA promotion hopeful he may return before the end of the year on December 30.
"I had some executives from the UFC contact me within two hours after what had occurred, and they basically said to me that it is completely unacceptable in their eyes and that they will be doing something", Mazzulli said.
"They did inform me that he was set to be on the December 30th card and he will not be on it", Mazzulli added. "So, I do commend UFC to some extent for doing that".