10 Crazy Stories From Dana White’s Rollercoaster Life


The Day Jobs Before He Struck Gold

After being expelled from school in Las Vegas, finishing his education while living with his aunt in Maine, and then giving up on college in Boston, Dana White took on numerous jobs in his early adult life, including the one he describes as the toughest of them all – shifting asphalt for a paving company in the heat of summer.

”I will credit that job to a lot of my success,” White once told the Boston Globe.

White also worked as a bouncer at the Black Rose Irish pub in Boston, while a much more lucrative job saw him serving as a bellhop at the Boston Harbor Hotel.

Regardless of the job, the recurring theme even back then was White’s love of fighting.

For instance, his former boss at EJ Paving recalls White arranging wrestling matches between his co-workers, while White himself has admitted that he used to organize brawls with his fellow bellhops in the closet during breaks to settle disputes if someone stepped out of line, only targeting below the neck line so that their customers wouldn’t notice the bumps and bruises when they returned to work.

However, though the bellhop gig was earning him $60,000 a year, White wasn’t satisfied, describing it as “the most degrading job I ever had,” and so he made what would prove to be a fateful decision to embrace his entrepreneurial spirit and somehow get involved in combat sports instead.

  • 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.”