If I was to play a word association game with you the reader and I started with the UFC you would say what?
Whatever the first word that came to mind, I would bet that it would not take long for anyone (even with the most basic knowledge of MMA's flagship organization) to mention the often vilified Dana White.
He is possibly one of the most polarizing personalities in the sports worlds today. But the fact that I can say he is one of the most polarizing personalities in "sport" today, and not just MMA, is partially due to him.
MMA is no longer a sideshow thanks to his and many other unknown names, that have took the sport we love and made it mainstream, something we can talk about around the water cooler.
However, the unknown names that helped this sport take off are also partially behind many unpopular decisions that have been made. The unceremonious cut of John Fitch over the UFC Undisputed merchandise row for example.
Decisions that are made in the UFC are not done by one man, however, one man seems to take this burden entirely on his shoulders without complaint, and that man is Dana White.
It's no secret that White is abrasive, rash and just plain rude from time to time, which of course adds to him being the target of many UFC fans rage.
But, and it's a big but, he will not be fully responsible for any decision made in the UFC, do you really think he has no one to answer to? Even the British Prime Minister or the US President have there peers.
The little heard names in the UFC, such as the ever-elusive UFC officials, and of course the Zuffa empire figure heads Frank Fertitta III and Lorenzo Fertitta, will without a doubt be involved, even if it is in a minor way.
No one can be held responsible for directing the blame at one man, Dana attracts it as he does the media and the attention of anyone who will listen, and most that don't.
However, it is human nature to point the finger, just like the devil music of Marilyn Manson or Kiss were blamed for the short comings of parents, schools, governments and authority in general, we must find a scapegoat in MMA.
This is not an article written to kiss Dana's lily-white butt, on the contrary he has on many occasion been the target of my disdain, always respected and sometimes hated.
The best trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist. All I'm saying is the devil is bigger than Dana, and has far less people to answer to.