10 Crazy Stories From Dana White’s Rollercoaster Life


Outspoken, charismatic, foul-mouthed, passionate, brash and unapologetic – it’s fair to say there has never been a head of a major sporting organization quite like UFC President Dana White.

It’s perhaps no surprise then that his unique rise to the top, from his early days as a broke boxercise instructor in Boston through to becoming the frontman for the UFC and rich beyond his wildest dreams, has proven to be ever bit as colorful as his larger-than-life personality would suggest.

To prove it, in this article, we’ve lined up 10 tales in chronological order that encapsulate the wild, white-knuckle rollercoaster ride that White has been on over the course of the past few decades.

The Beatdown That Led To His Battle With Meniere’s Disease

When he was 21 years old, White was jumped by a group of guys while he was at a bar in Boston and they proceeded to mercilessly punch and kick him for 20 minutes until the police finally showed up.

White recalls one of the attackers in particular repeatedly hammering him in the ear, which left him with a loud ringing noise in his ear that lasted for months afterward.

Doctors confirmed that he had permanent damage to that ear, but it wasn’t until many years later that his situation deteriorated to the point that he was diagnosed with Meniere’s Disease.

The illness hit White hard and he would start to suffer extreme dizzy spells that would strike at any time without warning and often lasted for many hours, leaving him incapacitated.

Worse still, there is no definitive cure for the disease, and the first surgery he undertook only made the problem worse, leaving him almost deaf in one ear and suffering from more attacks than before.

However, White then spent $10,000 on experimental platelet-rich plasma therapy in Germany with no guarantee of a successful outcome, but it miraculously worked and is believed to have cured his condition.

  • HeteroFriendly

    “…mercilessly punch and kick him for 20 minutes…”

    Why would you jump someone for 20 minutes?!

    You would think you would lose interest after making the point after a minute or two.
    It would have to be someone who really deserved it on and on and on like a kevin lee or something, but I cant think of too many people other then him who could deserve that.

    I guess some people are just evil and theres no rationality to it.
    Someone like kevin lee might ratpack an old lady or something for 20 minutes until the cops came just becasue he’s a dirty motown scumbag.

    • HeteroFriendly

      Cool article.
      I new some of those but not all of them.

      Some people complain about White for this or that, and I haven’t agreed with every decision he’s made, but compared to anyone else who I dont agree wth everything they’re done he’s always seemed like a decent enough guy.

      People say he’s dishonest, but I dont really see it that way.
      He says things that aren’t the truth, but he says those kinds of things just for the plain real rules of doing business. Not just to be sinister and shiesty, theres some things that you are expected to say and things that you cant say when you’re doing business, let alone with the public.

      Like when a magician tell you that theres a rabbit in this hat, he doesn’t mean that literally. Thats just part of the presentation to perform the trick for your entertainment.

  • ernesto chavez

    Is there proof of the “bar fight?” Why would anybody pick on a boxercise coach to women? And, as another MMA fan noted, why beat on him for 20 minutes? Did they stop every five minutes to take a one minute break? That dog don’t hunt.

    More credible is that one of his girl students knocked the crap out of the bully, girly-man Mr. White, with one punch. Now that’s a story I can believe. Better yet, ask White’s mother if this happened. She may have written about it in her book, “Dana White, King of MMA.”