There are many bombastic personalities like Jerry Jones or Mark Cuban that make following sports fun when games aren’t being played. This is the same for the UFC. Compared to the NFL or the NBA though, there may not be a single sport businessperson with as large a personality as that of Dana White, the president of the UFC.
Here are 6 things that you probably didn’t know about Dana White.
1. The mob chased Dana White out of Boston
According to Dana White, he was training boxers when muscle from the infamous mobster, Whitey Bulger, approached him and demanded that he pay them $2,500 for doing business in their neighborhood. White didn’t have the money and after a final phone call from the henchmen, White realized that his life was in danger and that he had to leave town.
White booked the next flight to Las Vegas and from there, he’d eventually become the president of the UFC and turn MMA into a world-renowned sport.
2. Dana White is friends with Trump
Although many athletes and team owners don’t like Donald Trump, White is one who does. In fact, White spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention and gave a speech that praised and endorsed Trump, largely because of how Trump helped him in the early days of the UFC.
Back then, many people were against the idea of the UFC and they tried to get the sport banned in some states. Trump was an early supporter of the UFC though, so White calls him a friend due to that.
3. He argues with fans
White probably uses social media too much because he gets into arguments with UFC fans so often. This isn’t isolated to fans either, as he’s also argued with his fighters on social media.
While this may seem unprofessional to some people, the sheer hilarity of watching the president of a major sports organization post childish insults to people makes it endearing to many fans.
4. He feuds with fighters
White has feuded with many of his fighters before, and his feud with Cris Cyborg is only the latest one. Several years ago, White was feuding with Tito Ortiz, a light heavyweight on the roster.
Their feud got to a point where they almost settled it inside the octagon. Although that fight never materialized, the two men still insult each other to this day.
5. Don’t believe his lies
One of the most famous memes when it comes to the UFC is about White’s habit of lying. He’s lied so much in the past that fans have a hard time taking his word seriously.
Later in 2016, after Jon Jones tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs and was pulled from a fight with Daniel Cormier, White said that Jones would never headline a UFC card again. Jones has fought 4 times since White said that, and in each fight, it was in the main event.
In 2011, White said that women would never fight in the UFC. A year later, Ronda Rousey joined the UFC and started her dominant reign as the women’s bantamweight champion. White has since admitted how wrong he was about women fighting in the UFC.
These were just some examples of how often Dana White will lie to the public about things regarding the organization.
6. His mom hates him
June White, his mother, has written extensively about how much she dislikes him. She’s even gone so far as writing an unauthorized biography about him.
While there is a reason to doubt the truthfulness of that book, what is clear and obvious is that she hates him dearly. The relationship between him and his mom is a great analogy of the relationship between many UFC fans and him, that of love and hate.