White said in a video interview that he made the decision after being asked by ESPN to stand down, having earlier been determined to push through with the event.

Breaking the news for the broadcaster was Brett Okamoto, who spoke to the White and reported that the promotion chief said he was “ready to promote the event but things were taken out of his control.”

The UFC had settled on the Tachi Palace Casino Resort in Leemore, California, to hold the event.

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