The UFC prez tells TMZ Sports the flub was a mix of his production team dropping the ball, a technical issue, and the unpredictability of live television.
The way Dana explains it … there was a plan in place to show Trump sitting near the Octagon. Cameras were supposed to pan from some big-name celebrities to the former Prez … but things didn’t go according to script.
“We were getting ready to show him right between the co-main and main events, I think you remember that we showed OBJ. We showed OBJ, then it was supposed to go to David Spade, 2 Chainz, and then the president, and we had some kinda glitch in the truck. Then the Conor fight ended up ending in the 2nd round so we never got a chance.”
White continued … “Let me tell you what, massive f*** up by my production team, but ya know, it’s live TV and these things happen.”
We obtained video of DT arriving at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas midway through the main card … and you see Trump being greeted by Dana and getting a nice ovation from the packed crowd.
But, Trump was never seen on the broadcast … leading some to speculate there was something nefarious going on with the ESPN broadcast.
Dana says that’s NOT the case … telling us any former president deserves to be shown on TV, regardless of political affiliation.
While Dana’s obviously upset at his production team … Trump isn’t bothered by his lack of TV face time.