Dana White says the two UFC fighters who used homophobic slurs during their post-fight comments ‘got a little excited’.
Both Manel Kape and Charles Radtke came under fire for making vulgar statements after their victories at UFC 293.
Radtke, who was making his debut in the promotion, beat home favourite Michael ‘Blood Diamond’ Mathea.
UFC legend Daniel Cormier was forced to cut short his interview with the American as he used the slur at the crowd who booed him.
Kape aimed a similar remark at New Zealander Kai Kara-France after beating Felipe dos Santos.
Asked about the homophobic comments, UFC president White said: “I think these guys get a little excited, and you make bad mistakes. You know me, we didn’t run over to him and say ‘you better apologise’ – he [Kape] did that on his own when he got backstage. He was embarrassed and got caught up in the moment.
“We make mistakes, I am not holier than thou either, we’ve all been in positions where we’ve made mistakes, and like I always say, it’s how you recover from it and how you carry yourself after.
“I’m sure some people will accept his apology and some people won’t.”
White did not reveal if either of the fighters would face punishment for their comments.
Kape apologised in his post-fight news conference and said: “I’m sorry for that, it was emotion. During the fight, during interviews we say things we don’t want to say. We feel bad about that. I apologise.”
Meanwhile, Radtke spoke out on social media following the backlash he received.
He said: “Those comments are not a reflection of who I am and they don’t belong on a platform as great as what the UFC has provided me.
“My emotions were running high. It’s hard to explain the way your mind works when you’re locked in a cage to fight another man with your entire livelihood on the line.
“I plan to learn from my mistakes from both during and after the fight and I’m hoping I can get an opportunity to correct them in the future. Chuck Buffalo loves everybody.”