Dana White: 10 Examples of His Emotions Getting the Best of Him
Without UFC President Dana White at the helm of the organization, the sport as we know it will not be where it is today.
Under his watchful eye, the UFC has become synonymous with MMA, though with all of his accolades, perhaps White's biggest flaw has been his rash decision making and hot temper which has led him to make several emotionally charged decisions in the past, which has drawn the ire of fans and the media at times.
Releasing Miguel Torres After Tasteless Tweet
"If a rape van was called a surprise van more women wouldn't mind going for rides in them. Everyone likes surprises."
The famous last words of Miguel Torres didn't bode well with the UFC exec, who already had to deal with the likes of Forrest Griffin and Rashad Evans' comments as of late.
Torres was likely the victim of unfortunate circumstances, given the big plate of controversy that White had to deal with and given the fact that Torres couldn't provide a suitable answer for his actions, White wasted no time in cutting Torres from the UFC roster.
Promising Tito Ortiz a Boxing Match
As part of his renewed contract with the UFC, Tito Ortiz requested to have an exhibition boxing match with Dana White, whom the former world champion had butted heads with over the years.
The proposition seemed ridiculous, though White relented and trained tirelessly for the bout, though it never came to fruition.
Removing Nick Diaz from Title Bout
In the lead up to UFC 137, Nick Diaz was originally slated to face champion Georges St-Pierre, however, the Stockton native missed out on several pre-fight press conferences.
White removed Diaz immediately from the title bout, replacing him with top contender Carlos Condit. Though the decision was rash, it proved to be the best thing for all parties involved, as St-Pierre became sidelined due to injury and now Diaz and Condit will challenge one another for the interim title in a highly anticipated welterweight battle.
White Blasts ESPN
It was always believed that as of late, ESPN and the UFC have shared a common interest as the popular show "MMA Live" is one of the leading mixed martial arts programs in the sport.
However, both White and ESPN traded barbs recently after the powerhouse network ousted the UFC exec from an appearance on the "Jim Rome Show", allegedly stemming from a break down of a brokered network deal with ESPN.
Cooler heads have since prevailed.
White vs. Josh Gross
Josh Gross is one of the leading journalists in the mixed martial arts world and is well respected in most circles, though if you asked Dana White who some of his least favorite people are in the industry, the ESPN representative could top the list.
It began on season four of The Ultimate Fighter, where Gross, then working with Sherdog.com, revealed the show's finalists, taking away some of the allure surrounding the finale.
Since then, White has stripped the MMA news outlet of their credentials and has continued to berate Gross whenever he see's fit, most recently when the touted reporter spoke about the whole Georges St-Pierre, Nick Diaz and Carlos Condit trifecta.
White vs. Loretta Hunt
Whilst with Sherdog.com, veteran reporter Loretta Hunt had released an article stating that both managers and agents were allowed less locker room access.
Apparently, White didn't take too kindly to Hunt's allegations and went on a besmirching tirade that drew the ire of GLAAD—the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
White has since made a formal apology to the organization, but not Hunt.
White vs. Bob Arum
Though mixed martial arts and the world of boxing are two entirely different entities, that hasn't stopped people from drumming up comparisons between the two.
Since the rise in popularity of the UFC, veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum has taken shots at both the organization and the sport on many occasions, most notably in his candid interview with Ariel Helwani of MMAFighting.com.
While White remains an avid fan of pound-for-pound boxing great Manny Pacquiao, the Filipino's boxing promoter is not at the top of his Christmas list.
Bob Arum is a jealous moron. Bob Arum had the ability to do great things for the sport of boxing… You had the ability, Bob Arum, to make boxing great. But the problem was, you were greedy. You’re a greedy pig, just like all the other guys who were involved in boxing… You never invested a dime into the sport of boxing to make it great, to make it last, to create a future for boxing. He’s nothing but a greedy pig and his jealousy shows non-stop
White vs. Fedor Emelianenko
For years Fedor Emelianenko was widely recognized as the leading man in the heavyweight division, having dispatched of former UFC champions Mark Coleman, Kevin Randleman, Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski among many others.
However, for all of his accolades one man wasn't buying the hype, though White's disparaging comments against the Russian great likely stem from the inability to sign the legendary Pride fighter.
White vs. Josh Barnett
Since exiting the UFC in 2002 after testing positive for a number of banned substances, Barnett and White have not been on good terms.
The touted heavyweight star has been able to garner world renowned praise as one of the leading men in the division, though White has vehemently stated in the past that no matter his accolades, "The Baby-Faced Assassin" will never find his way back inside the Octagon.
It'll be interesting to see how the forthcoming Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix finale will play out, as Barnett will meet Daniel Cormier to determine the tournament winner.
Cutting Jon Fitch
When the organization was prepping themselves for the launch of the highly anticipated "UFC Undisputed" video game, Jon Fitch was among those who were unwilling to immediately sign a lifetime contract that would enable the organization to use his name and likeness.
Soon after, White released Fitch from his UFC contract, just shortly after his title bout with champion Georges St-Pierre which garnered both men "Fight of the Night" for their performance.