In September, the UFC and WWE merged to form TKO, a new publicly traded company that houses the two brands. White and McMahon are now business partners under the same parent company WME, although the UFC CEO says there will be no crossover between their two brands.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, White said things weren’t always cordial with McMahon.
“My history with Vince isn’t a good one,” White said. “He tried to f*ck me so many times for no reason whatsoever except just to f*ck me. But that’s in the past. Now that Vince and I are allies, no one’s been a better partner than Vince.”
When asked about White’s comments, McMahon appeared to deny any bad blood.
“Busting his chops? Please, I don’t do business that way,” McMahon told MMA Junkie on his way into Tyson Fury’s boxing match with Francis Ngannou in Saudi Arabia. “I don’t bust anybody’s chops unless they get in the way. Dana and I get along very, very well. He’s really a good guy. We’re good partners and good businessmen. (If) you’re good businessmen, you get along.”
McMahon also laughed off a question about whether or not he gave White cheap seats for WrestleMania, and closed off the interview with some banter with former WWE superstar “The Undertaker,” who said he finds McMahon’s relationship with White to be “hilarious.”
“He’s a tough guy. … I’m a better businessman,” McMahon said.