Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White was not going to let an idiot like a global pandemic stop him from hosting mixed martial arts (MMA) events, even if it meant getting promoted on tribal lands on the west coast or on remote tropical islands. to bypass local and federal quarantines.
So was he a hero … or an idiot?
It depends on who you ask. For longtime color commentator Joe Rogan, still on the brink of announcing the cancellation of UFC 249, White is a “real man” who deserves praise for his stubborn persistence in trying to pay “Ferguson vs Gaethje”. sight event (PPV) a reality.
“He’s a psychotic driver for the world’s most exciting organization and I don’t think the organization is getting to where it is without Dana White,” said Rogan on his official podcast. “I think you have to have a crazy driver. You have a guy who doesn’t care. He’s a real man. He doesn’t care, he’ll talk about shit, he’ll insult people, he’ll come back with you. ”
White helped convince casino moguls Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta to buy the UFC in 2001 for a whopping $ 2 million – which they then sold for $ 4 billion – and there is no doubt that his dynamism and long-term vision have helped shape the future of combat sports. The promotion would be nothing without the fighters, obviously, and White has had some big breaks along the way, but his contributions to MMA cannot be overstated.
“Imagine being the president of the UFC,” said Rogan. “Imagine having all these fights you have to do and having all this pressure on you, and you are also a famous guy like Dana. Imagine being that guy. Damn this job. The president of the UFC is second behind the president of the United States. Bro, he’s under ridiculous pressure. “
White is also awaiting a check for $ 750 million from ESPN and parent company Disney, which requires 42 live events in 2020 to be cashed. Expect a very busy fight schedule once the promotion goes live later this year, although we are at the mercy of the coronavirus when it comes to that schedule.