Dana White is without doubt one of the primary faces in international sport and the kingpin behind the UFC.
The trash-talking firm president is the important thing man behind creating the largest MMA occasions and fights and has been instrumental in conserving the UFC motion coming regardless of all the problems surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
He labored tirelessly behind the scenes in 2020 to maintain fights coming for the followers regardless of the continued issues which have include the COVID-19 lockdown.
He’s set to mastermind one other blockbuster with Conor McGregor v Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 this weekend.
However who precisely is White and the way did he change into one of many primary figures in world sport?
Who’s Dana White?
Dana Frederick White Jr was born in Manchester, Connecticut, in 1969.
He was raised by his mom and her household for almost all of his childhood and took up boxing when he was 17.
He graduated from Hermon Excessive College in Maine in 1987 earlier than occurring to start his profession in top-level sport.
How did Dan White get into the UFC?
White labored as supervisor for fighters Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell earlier than listening to the UFC was on the lookout for a brand new purchaser.
He received in contact with childhood pal Lorenzo Fertitta, who was an govt at Station Casinos, and in January 2001, Lorenzo and his older brother Frank purchased the UFC for $2million, putting in White as president.
It was a wrestle at first, however a final throw of the cube noticed them introduce actuality present The Final Fighter in 2005 the place Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar’s thrilling battle within the finale received a brand new viewers.
In 2016, The UFC was bought to a bunch of personal traders for over $4billion, with reviews White will get 9 per cent of all future revenue.
What’s Dan White’s web price?
White’s web price stands at an estimated $500million.
With him getting 9 per cent of the UFC’s income, he makes round £18million a yr simply from that too.
Whereas the COVID-19 disaster would have had an affect on his earnings, White’s successes in conserving UFC motion could have majorly helped.
What’s Meniere’s Illness?
White has suffered from Meniere’s illness up to now – a dysfunction of the internal ear that causes ringing and vertigo.
In 2013 he underwent a stem cell process in Germany, and now says his Meniere’s Illness is ‘100 per cent cured’.
White mentioned: “I’m 100 per cent a brand new man, man. I’m figuring out once more. I’m doing all of the issues that I used to do. I’m travelling. My life is again.
“All they do is that they go in there, they take your blood, they incubate it, they spin it and add stuff to it. I don’t know what the hell they do, I’m no scientist. I’m 1,000,000 bucks now, man. I couldn’t really feel higher.”
Dana White saved his daughter from English Bullmastiff assault throughout UFC 192 primary occasion between Daniel Cormier and Alexander Gustafsson
What has Dana White mentioned?
The love/hate relationship between Dana White and Conor McGregor is seemingly on the correct facet of the fence once more regardless of their difficulties lately.
“We have been in a extremely unhealthy place then,” White advised ESPN.
“I used to be actually upset. It wasn’t as a result of he put out non-public messages. It was (as a result of) we have been speaking about one other fighter. I like Diego Sanchez loads and I’ve numerous respect for Diego Sanchez. I care about Diego Sanchez.
“I used to be very upset about that. I talked to Diego face-to-face about it. Being the good human being that he’s, we’re all good. Then I used to be actually, actually upset with Conor.
“Conor and I fastened that and we talked and we received by means of it. We’re in place now.
“There’s nothing extra thrilling or extra enjoyable than a motivated Conor McGregor when his head is in the correct place.
“You possibly can inform when he’s, and you may inform when he isn’t. Proper now, you’ll be able to inform he’s in.
“If one thing occurs to Dustin Poirier, he’s the Conor McGregor proper now that doesn’t give a s*** who we put in that battle on that night time. He’s that man proper now.”
Conor McGregor takes on Dustin Poirier at UFC 257 on Struggle Island this weekend. The motion will get below manner within the early hours of Sunday morning and talkSPORT.com is in Abu Dhabi to carry you all of the thrills and spills LIVE!