Dana White Hates Fighters With Big Egos

UFC president Dana White has been acclaimed and criticized alike for his brash, aggressive style of doing business.

His fans would have you believe that he’s the man who saved MMA from its “dark ages,” bringing the sport to the lofty position it enjoys now. His detractors would tell you that White is a selfish, greedy dictator who is constantly going back on promises and only cares about the bottom line.

And as usual, the truth is probably somewhere in between.

Despite being labeled as a sort of egomaniac, White recently met up with Brazilian media outlet Sexto Round to discuss how he hates when ego plays a part in the UFC:

“I just don’t think there’s anything to have an ego about. I mean, were all in this together – me, you, the fighters, everybody – we’re trying to build this sport. And this is what I love. I love coming out and hanging out with fans, or the media, or people who love this sport as much as I do.”

“I don’t think there should be ego involved in anything. I can’t stand guys with egos and guys who act like they’re too f—ing cool for school. I don’t like people like that. So I hope I don’t ever come off that way and I don’t ever want to be that guys.”

“I don’t like when people don’t spend time with the fans. I don’t like when people don’t respond to the fans… When we’re at events, I like the fighters to walk around, talk to all the fans, take some pictures. This is what it is all about.”

White may have a point when he says that fighters should lighten up a little bit and spend some time with fans. After all, if not for the fans then there would be no UFC to fight in.

White also has to be given credit for making himself available to the fans and striving to put forth an excellent product. He may be in it for the money as well, but you can tell he genuinely loves the sport after getting his start in boxing.

There are also instances when White’s supposedly massive ego has gotten in the way of business. Examples include UFC 151, where he was quick to blast Jon Jones for not fighting Chael Sonnen on short notice, calling his trainer Greg Jackson a “sport ruiner,” and the aftermath of UFC 167, where a livid White demanded that Georges St. Pierre grant Johny Hendricks a rematch because he owed it to him.

White has obviously made nice with “Bones” in the time since, and he’s stepped back to allow GSP his time away from the sport. However, are his statements here a bit of the pot calling the kettle black?

There’s no doubt White has made MMA what it is today. His contributions to the sport are limitless and he continues to help it grow. Should he practice what he preaches, or do the rules not apply to him? 


13 Comments

  1. Avatar of Bruce Lee

    Bruce Lee

    December 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Sure. Except they sell PPV.

  2. Avatar of Brian Cox

    Brian Cox

    December 21, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    So, if Dana is so down on ego, then why didn't he sign Ben Askren? It certainly wasn't Ben's ego that prevented the deal.

    Dana likes hanging out with people who agree with him. He doesn't like to be challenged. He likes to make statements and issue decrees.

    Again, if he hates Ego so much, then why didn't sign Askren? 12 & 0 DW, it makes no sense to not have signed him and the only reason he wasn't signed, was because of White's ego. His personal, whatever.

    Also, I think the way Dana talks about Bjorn Rebney is an example of a guy with a big ego.

    • Avatar of Bruce Lee

      Bruce Lee

      December 21, 2013 at 3:40 pm

      Brian, I think you point really applies to the situation with Fedor.

      • Avatar of Brian Cox

        Brian Cox

        December 21, 2013 at 9:55 pm

        The UFC put serious effort into signing Fedor. They put no effort into signing Askren. They offered Fedor serious money, rightly so at time, but they've offered Ben nothing. Ben seriously offered to fight for free and that still wasn't good enough.

        My bottom line on Askren's lack of signing is all White and his ego. As Ben said, he left the meeting with the UFC thinking he was going to be signed. He said Lorenzo seemed to be on his side, the meeting went well….and nothing. To me, that's all Dana and his ego.

        That would be my view of it, at least.

    • Avatar of Entity

      Entity

      December 21, 2013 at 4:47 pm

      Dana likes sheeple. Askren spoke his true feelings and Dana cant handle it. Im sure there are plenty of fighters who cant stand Dana. If you dont have some ego and you're a top fighter, you wont get paid from lack of self worth and ego brings the mind set because its closely related to confidence in the Octagon. You can have a strong ego and still talk to fans and sign autographs. Now being overly stuck up as Silva comes off to me is a different story. His ego got his azz KO'd.

  3. Avatar of watermelon fresh

    watermelon fresh

    December 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    What about promoters with big ego's? Agreed about Ben askren. UFC made themselves look bad by not signing him. If you state the best fighters in the world are here and that's your tag line and you don't sign a undefeated top 10 guy than you really are not what you claim to be.

  4. Avatar of Def_tac

    Def_tac

    December 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    I wonder if Dana hates himself? Well never mind he is not a fighter, but he does have a big ego. Love hate relationship I guess.

  5. Avatar of enjoylife321

    enjoylife321

    December 21, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    Dana says he doesn't like guys with egos….But didn't he drive Connor Mc Gregor all around LAS VEGAS in his Ferrari…..?

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