White backs Rousey media blackout

UFC president Dana White admits he has granted Ronda Rousey some leeway after her decision to snub the media in the build-up to her comeback.

Rousey makes her return to the Octagon at UFC 207, more than a year after her defeat to Holly Holm shocked the sporting world.

However, Rousey has kept a deliberately low profile prior to the Las Vegas bout after only doing select interviews and failing to appear at the pre-fight press conference.

White has previously taken a dim view on such moves after pulling Conor McGregor from the UFC 200 card due to his reluctance to complete all the media demands.

But White says that Rousey has earned the right to make a one-off special request after making such a big impact in UFC.

“It’s definitely not ideal. It’s what she asked for. Back in the day, Ronda would literally do anything we asked her to do,” said White.

“Anything. If the guys wouldn’t do something, she would pick up the ball and do it herself. So for her to ask for something like this, how can I say no to that. She’s done a lot.

“I think everybody knows that Ronda is psychotically competitive. I don’t know why this is the way she’s handling all this, but this is what she wanted to do.

“Ronda Rousey’s done a lot, done more media than anybody ever in the history of this company.

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“Major media that nobody else could get, and she’s done it all. This is something she asked for. It doesn’t open floodgates. It doesn’t change anything.

“If somebody doesn’t want to show up for a press conference, I’ll pull them from the card.”

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