Dana Frederick White, Jr
Dana White is the Ultimate Fighting Champion. But luckily for him, he doesn’t have to get inside the Octagon for any other reason than to promote his fights.
Dana White was born in Manchester, Connecticut, July 28th, 1969 and as a young man, he tried his hand at boxing at the age of seventeen. However, he was soon to realise that he wasn’t cut out for boxing and that led him to turn his attention to other things.
Dana White learned that Semaphore Entertainment Group, the parent company of the UFC, was looking for a buyer for the UFC. White contacted childhood friend Lorenzo Fertitta, an executive at Station Casinos and a former commissioner of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and discussed the proposition. In January 2001, Lorenzo and his older brother Frank bought the UFC with White installed as its president. A shrewd move as Dana White was to develop and grow the UFC to an unimaginable level.
It is no surprise that Dana White is a garnish and outspoken man who is not afraid to challenge anyone based on his beliefs. When you consider the characters who fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, it goes hand in hand that their president is as outspoken as they are.
White has crossed swords with many other promoters alike along his successful career. White condemned Bob Arum of “sucking the life out of the sport of boxing and not putting anything back in”. White criticised the handling of the Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather super fight in 2007 stating that Arum was more interested in the money than the sport, with such a weak undercard. Arum hit back at White, questioning exactly just how much the fighters were actually getting in consideration to the amount of money each UFC fight night generated. White called Arum dumb and an idiot, to which Arum replied MMA fighters are “guys rolling around like homosexuals on the ground.”
Tito Ortiz has also been on the wrong side of Dana White. When White was appointed as president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship he told Ortiz that he was unable to represent his as his manager. Ortiz responded to this with his own offensive, telling all that would listen that White had never done anything for him and had never paid him a single cent. White and Ortiz fell out so much that they agreed to fight each other for Charity to put an end to all the backstabbing and outrage. White stood to be counted, yet is was Ortiz who stepped away failing to show up for the weigh-ins. things never settled down, instead of in 2008, at the weigh-ins for UFC 84, Ortiz wore a T-shirt saying “Dana is my bitch”. The two have never been able to reconcile their differences and it looks unlikely that will ever change.
Ken Shamrock was the subject of Dana Whites backlash as there was also one point when Shamrock filed a lawsuit against White, in which the judge ruled in the UFC’s favour. White stated that Shamrock owes him money for the lawsuit and stated that he had done so much for the former UFC great and felt the MMA legend was ungrateful for his efforts.
The World MMA Awards are awards presented by Fighters Only magazine to honour exceptional performance in various aspects of mixed martial arts. President Dana White has been awarded nine years in a row Leading Man Of The Year, awarded to the leading industry executive in the world of MMA since 2008. A fair reward for all of his efforts and hard work.
UFC has grown over the last twenty years and has now become a recognised sport as well as a household name. Huge fights have taken place over time, fights such as Georges St-Pierre v Jake Shields, Conor McGregor v Nate Diaz, Miesha Tate v Amanda Nunes, the list goes on and on. Legendary fighters have evolved such as Anderson Silva, Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor and many others. Since UFC 1 was held at the McNichols Sports Arena in Denver, Colorado, on November 12, 1993, over the last 24 years, the sport has magnified itself beyond limitations. Now it has an estimated worth of $4 Billion, who would have imagined that certainly, Dana White could not have expected such enormous success.
The future of UFC depends on the up and coming fighters. Perhaps boxing’s lull of exciting and explosive fighters such as the Nigel Ben’s, and Mike Tyson’s have left the boxing world a little jaded. When you compare that to some of the UFC fighters such as Michael Bisping, Anderson Silva, GSP and of course their superstar Conor McGregor, it’s no wonder that UFC is taking centre stage right now.
The clash of the century that is due to take place on August 26th may well be the start of things to come. Will fighters start to mix and match their skill sets with other Organisations, is the McGregor v Mayweather fight a sign of things to come or will it be a true once in a lifetime exhibition. Both fighters are clearly enjoying all the hype and hysteria leading up to the fight and both are predicting explosive performances when they eventually stand face to face inside the ring. Who will win, that is a question on the tip of every fight fans tongue right now. Some are laughing at this, but one person not laughing is Dana White. he is as expected predicting Conor McGregor to defeat Mayweather and to showcase just how strong and durable you need to be when you compete in the UFC. If Mayweather gets his way he will be showing the world that while MMA is a true sport and a fantastic skill set, it is, however, a far cry from the professional world of boxing!
August 26th, don’t miss it!