Dana White UFCPosted on December 1, 2012, 04:15 AM by Samuel Goldstone
In most discussions concerning Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) or the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) it is common to find the mention of the name Dana White. The reason why Dana White is known in the MMA fights circles is because he is the president of the UFC, an organization that promotes mixed martial arts. The organization has its headquarters in the USA but operates globally. The UFC is a leading promoter of MMA fights which can be described as a combat sport that involves two contenders battling it out till one of them gives up or is defeated. The sport involves the winning of titles across a variety of weight classes for both men and women.
White who is the currently heading the UFC was born in Connecticut, specifically Manchester on the 28th of July 1969. However, Mr. White was not raised in Connecticut but was moved from one place to another such as Boston, Maine and even Las Vegas. All the same, he managed to graduate from high school at Hermon High in Maine before making Boston his permanent residence.
White is currently forty three years old but does not look anything like his age but much younger which can be attributed to the early life he led before getting involved with the UFC. When waiting to join college, Mr. White was employed as a bouncer and even a bellman among other types of jobs. He finally joined college in Massachusetts but did not complete the coursework because he dropped out after two years.
Dana White UFC's connection started with a passion that seemed to be geared towards boxing. He set up a boxing program in the inner city and also gave a class on box-aerobics on a regular basis. The business flourished at that time but when his success made him a target of the Irish mob, he opted to leave and go back to Vegas. It was in Las Vegas that he reconnected with one of his classmates known as Lorenzo Fertitta who wanted to do some training.
Lorenzo who was then a member of the Nevada state boxing commission as well as a casino owner, wanted to engage in boxing promotion. However, after some interaction with John Lewis a fighter in the UFC they were sold into the idea of submission fighting and Jiu-Jitsu training. As a boxing promoter, Mr. White was very successful and this is one of the reasons why fighters such as Tito Ortiz as well as Chick Liddell approached him to train them.
As a trainer, Mr. White found out that UF C was suffering financially and needed to be bailed out. He contacted his friend Lorenzo who bought the company and appointed him as its president. He has managed to clean up the image of the combat sport by incorporating rules that ensure the safety of the fighters and also make the game more exciting to watch. Finally, Mr. White is married to a wife called Anne and has three children.