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Dana White
Dana White - London 2015.jpg
White in 2015
Born
Dana Frederick White Jr.

(1969-07-28) July 28, 1969 (age 50)
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
OccupationBusinessman
Known forUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC)
Spouse(s)Anne White
Children4

Dana Frederick White Jr.[1] (born July 28, 1969) is an American businessman and the current President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), which is the largest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization in the world. Under White's leadership, the UFC has grown into a globally popular multibillion-dollar enterprise.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

White was born in Manchester, Connecticut on July 28, 1969, the son of June and Dana White,[3] he and his sister Kelly were raised by their mother and her family for the majority of their childhoods.[4]

He spent many of his early years residing in Ware, Massachusetts.[5]

He began boxing at age 17 and graduated from Hermon High School in Maine in 1987.[6]

Career[edit]

Ultimate Fighting Championship[edit]

While working as a manager for Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell, White met Bob Meyerwitz, the owner of Semaphore Entertainment Group, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. White learned that Meyerwitz was looking to sell the UFC. White contacted childhood friend Lorenzo Fertitta, an executive and co-founder of Station Casinos, a former commissioner of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, asked if he would be interested in acquiring the company. In January 2001, Lorenzo and his older brother Frank acquired the UFC, which subsequently became a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC. White was installed as the company's president.[citation needed]

In July 2016, Zuffa, LLC was sold to a consortium of investors led by WME-IMG for US$4.025 billion. White owned 9% of the company at the time of the sale.[7] White announced he would continue in his role as president.[8]

In May 2017, the UFC announced White would host Dana White's Tuesday Night Contender Series. Available exclusively through UFC Fight Pass, the promotion’s digital streaming service, and licensed separately from the UFC brand, the show allows up and coming fighters the chance to showcase their talents in hopes that one day they may compete in the UFC.[9]

On March 18, 2019, White revealed that he had signed a new, seven-year contract with the UFC.[10]

Boxing[edit]

White first entered the boxing scene by having a part in helping promote the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor mega-fight due to McGregor being a fighter for UFC. In October 2017, White told people at Freddie Roach's Wild Card West boxing club that he was "getting into boxing, 100 percent."[11] White says that he wants to incorporate boxing into the company portfolio of the UFC.[12]

Filmography[edit]

Philanthropy[edit]

In 2011, White donated $100,000 to his former high school to fund renovations to their athletic facilities.[3]

Personal life[edit]

White claims he left Boston for Las Vegas after being threatened by James "Whitey" Bulger and his associate Kevin Weeks.[13] "He basically said, ‘You owe us money’. It was like $2,500, which was like $25,000 to me back then, and said, ‘You owe us money.’ It was actually a guy named Kevin Weeks, who if you saw the trial he’s Whitey’s right-hand man. I’m sure he’s very prominent in the movie, but yeah basically said I owed him some money, and I didn’t pay him. This went on for a while and one day I was at my place and I got a call and they said, ‘You owe us the money tomorrow by 1 o’clock’. I literally hung up the phone, picked up the phone and called Delta and bought a ticket to Vegas."

In 2011, White's mother, June, wrote Dana White, King of MMA: Dana White an Unauthorized Biography.[14] In an interview promoting the book, she called her son "egotistical, self-centered, arrogant, and cruel".[15]

White spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, where he endorsed Republican nominee Donald Trump.[16]

In a season 15 episode of History Channel's Pawn Stars (originally airing on February 5, 2018), White purchased over $60,000.00 worth of Katana swords including one of Rick's 16th century Japanese Katana.[17]

Health issues[edit]

In May 2012, White revealed that he had been diagnosed with Ménière's disease, a neurological disorder.[18] White claims that the disease was brought on because of a large fight he was involved in during his youth.[19]

The UFC on Fuel TV 3: Korean Zombie vs. Poirier event was to be the first he had missed in 11 years with White staying home, adhering to medical advice. White is undergoing Orthokine treatment for Ménière's disease, which he says has greatly reduced his symptoms.[20]

Accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tabuena, Anton (July 14, 2014). "Video: Learn Dana White's full name, and the first street fight he ever organized". Bloody Elbow. Retrieved July 17, 2014.
  2. ^ Boice, Danny. "Boxer To Entrepreneur: How Dana White Became The Champ Of Mixed Martial Arts". Forbes. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Knapp, Brian (October 15, 2017). "5 Things You Might Not Know About Dana White". Sherdog. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  4. ^ UFC (March 9, 2014). "Fight Night London: Dana White Post-Fight Presser Scrum". YouTube. Retrieved June 11, 2016.
  5. ^ Dupont, Kevin Paul (January 16, 2016). "UFC president Dana White has deep bond with Boston". Boston Globe. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  6. ^ Clark, Ernie (May 3, 2011). "UFC President Dana White gives $100,000 to fix up Hermon athletic complex". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  7. ^ McCarthy, Michael (April 10, 2005). "Battles yield winning 'Fighter'". USA Today. Retrieved March 25, 2007.
  8. ^ O'Reilly, Lara (July 11, 2016). "The hugely popular mixed martial arts league UFC has been sold for $4 billion". Business Insider. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  9. ^ Martin, Damon (June 14, 2017). "Dana White receives promoter's license for new contender series separate from UFC". Fox Sports. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  10. ^ Raimondi, Marc (March 18, 2019). "Dana White says he's extended his contract with the UFC for seven more years". MMA Fighting. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  11. ^ Rafael, Dan (November 9, 2017). "UFC president Dana White interested in promoting boxing matches". ESPN. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  12. ^ Murphy, Darragh. "Dana White planning to bring boxing to the UFC". Sports Joe. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  13. ^ Martin, Damon (September 10, 2015). "Dana White had his own 'Black Mass' experience with Whitey Bulger". Fox Sports. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  14. ^ White, June M. "Dana White, King of Mma: Dana White an Unauthorized Biography". Goodreads. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  15. ^ Molina, Joshua (July 19, 2011). "Dana White's mom calls him a "prick" and "tyrant," who turned his back on his family". Full Contact Fighter. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  16. ^ "UFC president Dana White stumps for Trump at Republican convention". The Guardian. July 19, 2016. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
  17. ^ Dana White Wants Rick's 1600s Japanese Katana. History Channel (Reality). Feb 5, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  18. ^ Iole, Kevin (May 16, 2012). "Dana White diagnosed with Ménière's disease, misses first live UFC card in more than 11 years". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  19. ^ Rogan, Joe (February 21, 2013). "Joe Rogan Experience #327 - Dana White". YouTube. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  20. ^ Guillen Jr., Adam (April 18, 2013). "Dana White Meniere's Disease: A-Rod, German stem cell treatment cure UFC President '100 percent'". SB Nation. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  21. ^ "Dana White honored as "Sportsman of the Year" while $250K awarded to The Caring Place". MMAjunkie.com. July 27, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  22. ^ Meltzer, Dave (March 6, 2017). "March 6, 2017 Wrestling Observer Newsletter: 2016 Awards issue, talent departing TNA, more". Wrestling Observer Newsletter. Campbell, California: 26. ISSN 1083-9593.
  23. ^ "UFCs Dana White accepts Patriot Award for humanitarian efforts to raise money for injured soldiers". SB Nation. March 19, 2009. Retrieved June 17, 2019.

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