Dana White: Jason Aldean Snubbed UFC 216, Vegas Shooting Survivors for ‘SNL’ Gig
By: Jordan Breen Oct 8, 2017
216 on Saturday night, Everlast sang “America the Beautiful” to
open the pay-per-view portion of the event but that wasn’t the
According to UFC President Dana White, the Grammy Award-winning
artist was chosen to perform because originally desired performer
Jason Aldean, as well as several other country musicians, turned
down the opportunity.
"His image was more important then coming back to Vegas and playing
for the people who are his fans and who got shot watching him
White told TMZ.
On Oct. 1, a mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las
Vegas left 59 dead and at least 527 injured. When the attack began
on the country music festival, it was Aldean on stage. White says
that the UFC reached out to Aldean for him to perform at the event,
which was dedicated to the memory of those who died in the attack
and featured 1500 first responders and 15 survivors in the crowd at
T-Mobile Arena. Instead, Aldean performed on Saturday Night Live on
“F—- you Jason Aldean. Stay out of Vegas,” added White.
The UFC boss also stated that the promotion reached out to several
other country music stars but none of them accepted.
“Country music was attacked. Those were country music fans,” White
continued. “Those are people who buy your albums and none of you
country music people could sing the anthem in front of survivors
and 1st responders?”
UFC 216 drew an announced crowd of 10,638 to the T-Mobile Arena for
a gate of just under $678,000. In the card’s main event, Tony
Ferguson’s submitted Kevin Lee in
the third round to claim the UFC interim lightweight title. UFC 216
was co-headlined by UFC flyweight king Demetrious
Johnson’s record-setting 11th consecutive title defense, as
“Mighty Mouse” put challenger Ray Borg away
in Round 5 with a spectacular armbar.