UFC president Dana White shut down reporters' attempts to question Jorge Masvidal and Kevin Holland about their recent altercation.
The two fan-favorite fighters were involved in a heated incident at the UFC 287 fighter hotel in Miami on Wednesday.
Jorge Masvidal was quizzed about his altercation with Kevin Holland at the UFC 287 presser
Holland also chimed in on the incident
No punches were thrown as the pair were held back by a combination of security and members of their respective teams.
Masvidal briefly gave his perspective on the incident during Thursday's pre-fight press conference, saying: “Absolutely nothing.
“There’s nothing to talk about there. Just some d***riding, clout-chasing b***h. Ain’t nothing to talk about.”
Holland responded by saying: “That’s not what you were saying yesterday. Watch your f mouth.”
And their exchange, which occurred prior to their respective fights against Gilbert Burns and Santiago Ponzinibbio this weekend, visibly irritated an already fired-up Dana White.
The UFC supremo said: “Guys, come on, these two aren’t even fighting. Knock it off.
"Do you have a question about the fight who these guys are fighting or do you just want to start s*** in here? What’s your question?”
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Another reporter brought up the incident in a roundabout way to Ponzinibbio - asking the Argentine if he thought Holland's focus was elsewhere.
An angry White interjected before Ponzinibbio could answer, saying: "Don’t even answer that question!”
White was later quizzed about potentially changing his mind on Colby Covington challenging Brit Leon Edwards for the welterweight title later this year if Masvidal or Burns were to win in emphatic fashion.
The veteran promoter replied: "Listen, Colby Covington, like him or not, the guy showed up in London, he cut weight, he did what he was supposed to do.
“He deserves the fight against Leon.
UFC 287 is headlined by Alex Pereira vs Israel Adesanya II
“There’s no doubt, we’ll see how this fight turns out on Saturday night.
"And the best-case scenario is one of these guys is next.”
Both fighters were not pleased with White's comment and even jokingly booed the UFC president.
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The event in question, UFC 287, is scheduled to take place in Miami on Sunday morning, featuring a middleweight title rematch between champion Alex Pereira and former titleholder Israel Adesanya as the main event.
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