01 Jan Dana White on San Antonio shooter’s UFC fighter claim: ‘I hope it’s not true’
Police are still searching for a shooter who identified himself as a UFC fighter before opening fire outside a bar in San Antonio after he was denied entry on Friday night.
According to San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, the shooter was turned away because he was too inebriated, and that’s when the person told security staff at the door, “Don’t you know who I am? I’m a UFC fighter from California.”
The suspect then returned to his vehicle, took out a “long rifle” and began shooting, ultimately wounding eight people. There were no fatalities.
A search is ongoing for the suspect, but it didn’t take long after the incident happened for UFC president Dana White to receive a call to notify him.
“How f*cking crazy is that sh*t?” White said when speaking to MMA Fighting at the UFC on ESPN 10 post fight press conference. “This world is just f*cking bananas right now.
“Well, if you don’t think that I heard about that one at 7 a.m. this morning, you know what I mean? I hope it’s not true.”
As of now, the suspect has not yet been identified or captured.
For his part, White hopes the suspect has no involvement whatsoever with the UFC. But he added there have been numerous incidents of mistaken identity over the years.
In fact, the promoter said he’s been a victim of that on more than one occasion in Las Vegas.
“I hear that sh*t all the time,” White said. “You know how many f*cking bald guys in this town walk around and say they’re me? It’s mind boggling.
“If I told you some of these stories, you wouldn’t believe it. It’s just crazy. I’m hoping that’s the case.”
Police are still reviewing surveillance footage in hopes of identifying the shooter. All of the victims remain in stable condition after being transported to local hospitals.