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People are wrong about Dana White

To sample, glance at or religiously read most MMA blogs is to partake in numerous breakdowns of UFC President Dana White.  Whether it’s his politics, family life, affinity for the sport or psychological profile under the microscope, the online media can be routinely expected to be dissecting and hypothesizing about some part of White’s psyche.  As a 10% owner of the most wildly successful MMA promotion in history (along with being amongst its most effective and recognizable proponents), the criticism and speculation aren’t unwarranted.  It does, however, seem like the negative examples (Dana calls an anonymous source a “faggot”, Dana says he’ll cut Anderson Silva even if he keeps winning, Dana turned off Fedor with his crude language and demeanor) are far more often reverberated through the echo chamber than the positive ones (Dana pays Nam Phan his win bonus after the Garcia fight, Dana hooks up random fans with comped rooms and tickets).

I’d like to contribute this story from Middle Easy, regarding a thread on the Underground, in the positive column.  The following are the two relevant posts, with the latter coming from a frequent UG commenter known to be a UFC representative.

From: Ben Pittsley
Posted: 10 hours ago
Member Since: 1/6/10
Posts: 5

I recently visitied Tiger Muay Thai and had the experience of a lifetime, But this is not about me, this is about SAVING THE LIFE OF A 4yr OLD GIRL!!!!

I had the pleasure of training with Kru Nai and meeting his family….When I returned home I learned that his daughter needs a LIVER TRANSPLANT or will die….the doctors gave 4 weeks to live…..

Please donate and help save a life

If you are a true ambassador for the sport…..PAY FOR THIS SURGERY!!!

Please help, no donation to small……..the clock is ticking or contact TIGER MUAY THAI for details

Nai is the trainer in Roger Huerta’s HL Video…..

STEP UP Mr. WHITE…..please save a life


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From: saucylv33
Posted: 7 hours ago
Member Since: 8/14/02
Posts: 11085


Dana will pay for the remaining funds needed for the surgery.

It’s way easier to bash Dana than to defend him.  An outspoken critic of the man is hailed by a solid chunk of our collective readership as speaking truth to power, placing the fighters and the sport ahead of this bald man whom makes a mark of anyone he can.  Someone supportive of White’s vision of the sport is termed a Zuffa zombie, under the sway and influence of a carnival barker that couldn’t fill Vince McMahon’s suit.  I’m going to go ahead and argue that, as a human being, White is somewhere in the middle of the disparate opinions regarding him.  And for the record, the same can be said about those of us writing the opinions.

  • Boog says:

    Kudos to Dana! Motherfucker has a big heart.

    The appeal sounded weird to me, tho. “If you are a true ambassador for the sport…..PAY FOR THIS SURGERY!!!”

    Dude, the “sport” has nothing to do with it, it’s a matter of human decency. But whatever, that’s nitpicking, since his appeal worked, so all’s well, etc.

  • iamphoenix says:

    Dana White is so sexy.

  • Symbul says:

    Reports were that after the Flash Ent sale he’s down to 9%. I’ve obviously not seen the documents to this effect but word is the Fertittas and White diluted their shares equally when Flash bought their 10%, taking Dana down to 9%.

    Dana White for all his faults is probably not a monster – unlike, say, Don King (and Rebney if certain rumours are to be believed).

    It’d be real interesting to see what a post-Dana UFC would look like. Dana is on every TUF episode (more or less), he’s at every event, he’s on conference calls, he hosts most press conferences and (rumours are that) he has his fingers in basically everything UFC. Dana White for all intents and purposes IS the UFC.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    I like Dana, he is a bit like myself except rich, and doing this is just another one of the many nice things he does for fans. There have been many examples of him doing right by fighters and fans, like paying for Nate Quarry’s back surgery or not firing joe stevenson even though he sucks balls.

    That said if he didnt pay for it he would come off as a real douche so partly this is a PR clean up.

  • YEAH RIGHT says:

    So a millionaire acted generously when he was put on the spot in front of millions of people???? OMG this man is a saint!

    Subo, the problem with you is you are so incredibly biased to anything zuffa you can’t see their flaws. You have little to no credibility because you can’t see anything in mma objectively.

    Before you call me an anti-zuffa pride nut hugger you should know i have purchased (PPV) more zuffa events than 99% of mma fans. In all honestly, i love the UFC, but i recognize that is far from perfect. It is the best mma right now, but that doesn’t mean everything they do is gold.

  • YEAH RIGHT says:

    Rev touched on a good point, he HAD to do this. You don’t get many more viewers than you do on the UG, especially by media.

    It doesn’t negate the fact that what he did was very generous, but show me a case when he does it out of the goodness of his heart, not because he was under pressure from a widely viewed blog/forum.

  • Reverend Clint says:

    i posted a while back about a couple who were in vegas to get married and dana set them up with free rooms and shit like that. but of course that was on the old site

  • glassjawsh says:

    remember that time that soulless greedy insufferable dick mouth did that nice thing so everyone would stop talking about what an soulless greedy insufferable dickmouth he was?

    hats off to you DW

  • Letibleu says:

    Zuffa is Star Fleet

    UFC is the Enterprise

    The Fertitas are Star Fleet Command

    Joe Silva is William Riker (funny!!)

    Dana White is Captain Picard

    Together they boldly go where no MMA organization has gone before.

    Sometimes they make mistakes. Zuffa, the UFC and Dana are in unchartered territory. They have to make up the rules as they go, There are no manuals, no how to books and no guidelines to help them navigate the situations and decisions they face every day. They have to do what is good for today while planning for the distant future.

    Dana White is a character. He is the face of the UFC. He has one hell of a team behind him. They do the legwork and he takes the flak for them. In exchange he makes millions. That’s his pat on the back. No matter what he says or does there will always be critics that make their living criticising the decisions made by others. Opinions are opinions and everyone is allowed to have them and voice them.

    Most millionaires have a non written rule that they usually say no to any direct request. If they say yes it creates precedent and they look like assholes if they say yes to one and no to another. William Riker once told me Dana NEVER says no to fans and that’s why his handlers are very careful where and when they expose him to the public.

    The Fertitas, Dana White, Zuffa and the UFC have a good track record when it comes to generosity to charities and fans.

    Dana White does what he does and he does it well.


    White Picard

  • SHORT_BUS says:

    There was a thread on the UG before this one asking for help from the MMA community. Pretty heavy shit. (pics included)

  • iamphoenix says:

    I don’t know who riker is.

  • iamphoenix says:

    that picture looks like that dude has a tv show about home improvement.

  • iamphoenix says:

    only in the future could you have BangStarship

  • I am the Liquor says:

    Another cock suck piece on Dana White and/or the UFC by Subo?

    Who woulda thunk it?

  • P W says:

    I can’t read through the whole thing because I don’t have a vomit bag handy. What was the conclusion? That people think Dana is a bad person when he’s actually a good person?

  • Futanari Cum Dumpster says:

    dana white is nothing like picard you fucking retard

  • subo says:

    It’s just sad to see that people can’t take a feel good story during the holidays and just go “that’s nice”.

  • YEAH RIGHT says:

    What holidays? You’re an atheist! You don’t believe in christmas, hanukkah, or kwanza!

    And you didn’t post this to make people feel good, you posted this to try to persuade people into believing that DW is a good person.

  • imgoing_crazy says:

    dana is cool in my book ive heard alot of stories of good shit he did. just cause hes a shewd business man doesnt mean hes the fucking antichrist. oh and atheist celebrate holidays they just dont believe in the bullshit reasons they were invented. just cause i dont believe in jebus doesnt mean i wont enjoy christmas with my family.

  • YEAH RIGHT says:

    Hahahaha you are ridiculous. What are you celebrating? Why don’t you just give your family presents on March 23, it holds as much value you to you as december 25. Do you celebrate hanukkah as well? And way to bash a religion there bud, awfully big of you. You realize how asinine it sounds to say Christmas is made up and christianity is retarded, then go ahead and say your going to enjoy it?

  • imgoing_crazy says:

    yep yep yep. why not everyone does whether they believe or really know what its about. you seem to like to bash shit why cant i. just because i dont buy into it am i supposed to deprive my three yr old of the experience or even worse force him to believe in what i do. see unlike most religeous people im gonna let him make up his mind on his own when hes old enough.

  • thingvolds says:

    if i recall the fundraiser was doing well and there was plenty of time left to donate. seems like they wouldve met their goal whether dana the benevolent ruler donated or not. he couldve just thrown down a couple grand as token gesture.

    but “never let a serious crisis go to waste”, right? (see what i did there? prob not)

    likely dana saw it as a chance to get some good press and win over the UG, where he knows he is widely disliked. dana and lorenzo both had accounts on the UG back in the day, but were run off. now when then want to troll people like subo into carving bruce buffers head into a pumpkin, they use cindy o.

    also likely that dana realized that if he didnt do something, he’d give the hardcores yet another reason to dislike him.

    he was put in a shitty position. damned if you do, damned if you dont.

    now he can look forward to the monthly “ATTN DANA – SAVE A LIFE” thread, where he will be coerced into donating money to something he probably doesnt give a fuck about.

    personally i chose not to donate. a mod once got half the OG to send him money with a “my mother is dying of cancer, please help” thread. once bitten twice shy. btw im pretty sure that guy is still a fucking mod there, ten years later.

  • agentsmith says:


    And that’s exactly why I don’t expect rich people to do this kind of thing, because you do it once, and then people expect you to keep doing it all the time or else you’re a heartless asshole. “Why’d you save his kid and not mine?! YOU MONSTER!”

  • thingvolds says:

    @ agentsmith

    i agree. its already happening. apparently, cindy ortiz, the zuffa shill has cancer. the “why isnt dana helping cindy o?” posts have already begun in earnest. hes now gonna wind up having to foot the bill until every last cancerous cell in her body is gone, or hes a monster.

  • iamphoenix says: