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    yeah they loved that guy in pride... pancrase too... i think enough americans know who he is... i like all the oldskool catch wrestlers and whatnot... they dont need barnett, per se, but they need to start stacking the division... its looking pretty sparse these days... LH's too... seems like the lightweights and welters are stealing the show... and ofcourse the feathers and bantams in wec... i love watching the little guys... any pro has skills, any weight, but the lighter guys can go harder faster longer for the most part... these bluto types get the blood flowing and they gas by the end of round two... and thats the worst when its two big grapplers... esspecially a champ match... 25 minutes dryhump fest... two tired guys pushing against eachother for 5 rounds... yaay
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    Dana's supports his alma mater

    Maine high school gets $100K gift from president of Ultimate Fighting Championship
    * First Posted: May 04, 2011 - 9:26 am
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    HERMON, Maine — A Maine high school's athletic facilities are being upgraded thanks to a $100,000 gift from the head of a top mixed martial arts association.

    Dana White donated the money to Hermon High School, where he graduated in 1987. White now lives near Las Vegas and is president and CEO of Ultimate Fighting Championship.

    The money has bought a scoreboard and message board that will be installed on the school's athletic field. Also being purchased is a new grandstand and other seating to increase the capacity.

    Principal Brian Walsh told the Bangor Daily News that White made the donation following a visit to the area last Labor Day weekend.

    Mixed martial arts is a combat sport that combines elements of karate, judo, jiu-jitsu, boxing, kickboxing and wrestling.
    Offhand, does anyone know how much Dana is worth? That should be websearchable, but I'm not going to bother with it now.
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    Not much, imo.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeneChing View Post
    Offhand, does anyone know how much Dana is worth? That should be websearchable, but I'm not going to bother with it now.
    I believe he owns a 9% stake in the UFC. So, maybe $90,000,000.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bawang View Post
    dana is a plastic bag containing mixture of lube and feces
    i wish this popped up on top hit on google when u google dana whites name

    fortunately this thread is the top hit if you google 'dana white kungfu' hahahah
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    the Baldfather

    An article on White in today's LA Times
    Dana White — 'The Baldfather' — pulls all the strings at UFC
    With street smarts and a dominating personality, Dana White has helped build UFC into a billion-dollar enterprise that dominates mixed martial arts. He demands control over nuts-and-bolts details and doesn't forgive easily, but he says he has no regrets.

    By Baxter Holmes
    December 27, 2011, 6:32 p.m.

    Two men tied to reputed Boston crime boss James "Whitey" Bulger came to collect money.

    "I knew one of the guys," says Dana White, recalling the mid-1990s incident, "and he was [Bulger's] right-hand man."

    The shakedown, for the regular payment allegedly charged to run a business in Bulger's territory, came while White was teaching a boxercise class at a South Boston health club. White didn't have the money, so he left Boston and moved back to Las Vegas, where he had gone to high school.

    "I used to think that Mafia movies were really cool and fun to watch," White says, laughing, "until that ... happens to you, then it's not cool anymore."

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    White, 42, has recounted this story before, but its ironic underlining has thickened over the years as the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship has developed what many say is a "Godfather"-like grip over the lucrative world of mixed martial arts. No one is alleging any illegal activity, of course, but White will quickly cut fighters from UFC if he perceives them to be acting in a way that isn't in the UFC's best interests.

    Even White's nickname, "The Baldfather," casts him as a don who commands undying loyalty rather than simply as an executive in charge of the UFC, a billion-dollar enterprise that dominates the sport.

    Mixed martial arts trainer and agent Jeff Clark said there's a healthy amount of fear of White within the business. "Any good leader needs to set a clear-cut line [that] if you cross him and go against him, there will be consequences," Clark says, "and he certainly does that."

    In 2008, White severed ties with several fighters from the American Kickboxing Academy, including Jon Fitch, one of the UFC's top-ranked welterweights, over an alleged merchandising dispute.

    Rob Maysey, a Phoenix-based lawyer, says since 2006 he's tried to organize MMA fighters into an association, but the fighters fear being cut from the UFC by White. "'Convince me Dana White is not going to do anything to me,'" Maysey said. "They all say that."

    And if a fighter isn't up to snuff, White can take swift action.

    He fired popular heavyweight Kimbo Slice, citing ineffectiveness, after a fight in 2010. Slice was the same fighter White had said was terrible two years earlier when Slice was fighting for a competing MMA organization, EliteXC, before Slice joined the UFC.

    White, ever confident, laughs at the idea that fear is part of his management style.

    "Let me tell you what you hear," he says. " 'We're a monopoly, there's this thing of fear in all the fighters, there's this, there's that.' It's such a crock...."

    UFC legend Tito Ortiz has had a rocky relationship with White. In late 2007, Ortiz entered into a well-publicized feud with him, arguing that he wasn't being paid enough, and Ortiz split from the UFC.

    "He's a bully. He always has been," Ortiz, known as the "Huntington Beach Bad Boy," later said of White.

    But after a short hiatus, Ortiz returned to the UFC in 2009 with a milder approach. "You will never hear anything about money out of my mouth ever again," Ortiz said then.

    Today, Ortiz says the two have strong personalities, which is why they butted heads so often.

    He compares their relationship, which began in 2001 when White managed Ortiz, to a damaged bridge. "It takes many years to repair that bridge," Ortiz says, "and I'm still trying to do that now."

    Can White forgive? "If I didn't, Tito wouldn't be here right now," White says of Ortiz's return to the UFC.

    Many others around the sport have had run-ins with White or, by extension, the UFC.

    In some cases, the UFC's parent company, Zuffa LLC, has bought out its top competition, such as when it acquired Pride Fighting Championships in 2007 and Strikeforce this year.

    In others, White has taken a different approach.

    In 2008, the Affliction mixed martial arts show was scheduled to air its first pay-per-view fight. But just weeks before it aired, White threw together a competing rival card to air the same night on cable — a tactic known as counterprogramming.

    "He's a determined person," says Tom Atencio, the former face of Affliction who stepped down this year.

    Although White doesn't discuss it, one of his most strained relationships is with his mother, June. This year she wrote an unauthorized biography of her son that criticized him for a number of failings in his family and professional life, and on the final page says, "I'm just disappointed in my son."

    White's street smarts

    UFC Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta believes only Dana White, his high school classmate, could have taken the UFC from the brink of bankruptcy to its current success. "I'm convinced if we hired someone with a Harvard MBA, we'd be out of business by now," Fertitta says.

    White only briefly attended college, , but Fertitta says White's street smarts — honed during such South Boston jobs as pouring asphalt and being a bar bouncer — set him apart. "He's just a very, very smart person who knows how to read other people," Fertitta says.

    White, an ex-amateur boxer, was an experienced MMA promoter from his time managing Ortiz and Chuck Liddell in Las Vegas.

    In 2001, White persuaded Fertitta and his brother Frank, two Las Vegas casino owners, to buy the foundering UFC for $2 million. White has run the company ever since and gets credit for building MMA into a mainstream sport that's drawn young fans away from boxing. The Fertitta brothers are now billionaires, according to Forbes, thanks to their UFC investment.

    A key talking point for White is that boxing's demise is attributed to corruption, greed and fragmentation.

    Because of this view, he fights to maintain dictator-like control of the UFC in an effort to further legitimize MMA, a sport Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) once called "human ****fighting."

    White handles everything almost as he did when the UFC had only four employees. Few tasks are delegated, even today. He still picks the walk-out music for fighters, gives them pep talks and oversees production plans before fights.

    If White ran boxing as he does the UFC, with complete control and perhaps similar heavy-handedness, some believe boxing would improve.

    "If boxing was run by Dana White, do you think there would be this two-year holdup of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather [fight]?" asked longtime Philadelphia Daily News boxing writer Bernard Fernandez. "I don't think so."

    White's demand for control in fight telecasts, of the loud music, camera angles, the entry of his fighters, is the paramount reason why UFC turned down numerous TV deals, including with HBO. "I just always knew we had to do it the way we wanted to do it," White says.

    It paid off as the UFC signed a seven-year deal with Fox in August that is worth a reported $100 million annually.

    But as the UFC enters into more of the mainstream, how does White balance his bad-boy attitude now that the UFC is more beholden to new corporate sponsors?

    "Let's be honest," White asks. "How bad is my attitude?"
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    continued...

    ...from previous post
    The direct approach

    "I like to swear," White says.

    And he does.

    "He comes off like a drunk sailor," says UFC lightweight fighter Antonio McKee.

    White's language is as raw as his personality.

    "If I don't like you, I'll let you know I don't like you," White says.

    "Maybe, yeah, I'm a little different than what the sports world is used to seeing, but when it comes down to what I do for a living and dealing with the networks and sponsors and everything else … I think anyone who has ever dealt with me in business is happy to be in business with me."

    He has made mistakes.

    A 2009 profanity-laced tirade against MMA journalist Loretta Hunt drew backlash from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which demanded an apology for his use of a derogatory ****sexual term.

    But White says he doesn't regret any misstep.

    "There's not one thing that I would change," he says. "I think all the things that have happened to us got us to where we are today."

    To many, White's bluntness is refreshing.

    "I don't always agree with him, but I always know what he's thinking," says UFC legend Liddell. "And I much rather prefer that, someone who says something to my face rather than saying it behind my back."

    Said Ed Soares, manager of several prominent UFC fighters, including middleweight champion Anderson Silva: "You never ask him a question you don't want to know the answer to, because he has no problem telling you how he feels."

    Another thing that hasn't changed is his work ethic. White has attended nearly 1,600 consecutive fights, he says, not missing one since he became UFC president.

    Between fights, he's constantly promoting the UFC, traveling to seven cities, three countries and two continents in the last few weeks alone.

    He'll return from a short vacation to promote UFC 141, which takes place Friday in Las Vegas and features a heavyweight bout between Brock Lesnar and Alistair Overeem.

    When White is home in Las Vegas, he spends his free time with his wife of 17 years, Anne, whom he met in eighth grade, and his sons Dana, 10, and Aidan, 9, and daughter Savannah, 5. He sleeps just four hours a night, he says, and often sneaks out to play high-stakes blackjack.

    But five days a week, for three hours each morning, White works out with Skipper Kelp, a former pro welterweight boxer with a 24-1-1 record.

    White runs the treadmill and shadowboxes. Then Kelp slips on boxing mitts and White boxes, as he did when he was young, for a few rounds. "He's a crispy boxer," Kelp says.

    So boxing is never far from White's mind, even as UFC and MMA have begun to pass it by.

    He watches every match he can, even on UFC fight nights, and a huge photo of his favorite boxer, Mike Tyson, hangs in his office. Like Tyson in his heyday, White is a dominating force in his realm, bulling over almost anyone in his path.

    And, with a wise-guy grin, a sharp tongue and a sharper wit, the barrel-chested Baldfather will make no apologies along the way.

    After all, in his eyes, it's only business, not personal.

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    Godless

    GODLESS: UFC President Demands Christian Fighters Not Discuss Faith After Winning Fights – “America Doesn’t Want to Hear You’re Thoughts On Jesus” (VIDEO)
    Culture & Hollywood, Today's News July 1, 2015

    UFC President Dana White has a very clear message for his fighters. Don’t talk about Jesus.

    This came in response to fighter Yoel Romero’s televised plea for Americans to wake up and pay attention to the death of the American dream via the death of faith in our country. Romero won his fight and then used the microphone to tell America to not forget about Jesus, saying he sees the decline of the American dream as a major problem.

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    White didn’t like it. In fact, White is now saying his fighters cannot talk about Jesus or their Christian faith in public.

    Watch White’s response below.



    I do want to hear about what the champions believe religiously. If Jesus is inspiring a fighter to be a champion, that's inspirational.

    Romero goes by “Soldier of God” and rocks a John 3:16 headband. Did he say 'Go for Jesus, no for gay Jesus' or 'Go for Jesus, no forget Jesus'?
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    He's got to herd a bunch of hyper-aggressive guys who experience physical trauma and stress away from the microphone where they could potentially cost their company millions. I'm surprised he allows them to talk at all.
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    My own personal take on this...in this case, I actually agree with Dana White. I do not like it when people try to preach their faith, regardless which religion it is, in a sports setting. Because they almost always come across with a superiority complex; that is, they are somehow better and more blessed by God than their opponent because of their faith. If they start doing that when I'm watching, I hit the mute button.

    It's not faith or religion that determines a person's character. There are plenty of professed religious people who conduct themselves as scumbags. Even if they are of good character, it's not the place for preaching the gospel.

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    Yeah, fight venues aren't personal religious soapboxes.
    So, I would agree that stick to the topic is a good idea.

    Otherwise, I'm ok with anyone's religion.
    Whatever gets you through your time on earth is fine.

    Besides, if prayer and wishing had any effect as a petition to god, no one would want for anything.
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    Well, I seem to be in the minority on this one.

    I actually like the religious stuff in sports. I respect the grateful. I just wish an athlete would thank someone other than Jesus. Not that I have anything against Jesus. It's just I'm Buddhist personally.

    And I think it would be super funny if some athlete thanked Satan.
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