There are plenty of scandals in the combat sports world, and the UFC has had no shortage of its own. One of the more recent ones involved UFC President Dana White and a sex tape involving his reported mistress. He wasn’t too happy about the allegations. White made it clear how he feels.
A man tries to extort Dana White for an alleged sex tape
According to MMA Fighting, this whole thing started many years ago in Brazil. White allegedly had a sexual relationship with an exotic dancer at the Spearmint Rhino club in Las Vegas. One day, as the UFC hosted an event in Brazil, she reportedly met him in Brazil and they had sex.
One way or another, MMA Fighting said she filmed this encounter. Then her boyfriend, Ernesto Joshua Ramos, caught wind of it. Ramos started threatening White, according to MMA Fighting. The two agreed to sign a deal that included a non-disclosure agreement, or NDA.
White also agreed to pay Ramos $200,000. Little did Ramos know, the FBI was listening to everything. White was cooperating with the FBI. So Ramos was arrested for extortion not long after. That said, his girlfriend was not charged in the scandal.
The man sues White afterward
Ramos was found guilty of extortion. He was sentenced to about a year in prison. After his release, Ramos decided to take another swing at White. He hired an attorney, and they sued White and the UFC over several things. The most notable involves an alleged breaking of the deal they’d signed years ago.
Ramos and his attorney allege that White and the UFC signed that deal so that they could shield themselves from any bad press. This deal happened before the UFC was sold for $4 billion in 2016, so any bad press could’ve caused that price tag to drop. Furthermore, after Ramos was arrested, his trial didn’t publicly name White, so no one knew at the time that White was involved with this sex tape extortion scandal.
However, when Ramos sued White and the UFC, they were publicly named, and as a result, this whole case became public knowledge. He sued White and the UFC for $10 million for breaking their deal. In response, White said, according to MMA Fighting, “This guy went to federal prison for trying to extort me over five years ago. Now he’s hired a lawyer who is also a convicted felon, and he’s trying to extort me again for $10 million.”
How the case has unfolded so far
According to MMA Fighting, White’s attorney disagreed that Ramos was owed any payment for the deal. Instead, White’s attorney argued that the deal, “was only an agreement to discuss potential compensation and not a commitment to any figure.” The Nevada judge, after hearing both sides, dismissed the case.
However, Ramos and his attorney don’t think that’s the end of that. They plan on appealing this case to the Nevada Supreme Court. Ramos thinks that, if the judge hadn’t dismissed his case so quickly, then more information could’ve come to light that would’ve supported him. He said, according to MMA Fighting, “It’s my right under the Constitution, and I can do what I feel is right for me and my family.”
But White is confident that this ruling won’t change. He said, according to MMA Fighting, “He got no money from me last time and he won’t be getting any money from me this time. I look forward to the court dismissing this quickly so I can get rid of these scumbags forever.”