To sample, glance at or religiously read most MMA blogs is to partake in numerous breakdowns of UFC President Dana White. Whether it’s his politics, family life, affinity for the sport or psychological profile under the microscope, the online media can be routinely expected to be dissecting and hypothesizing about some part of White’s psyche. As a 10% owner of the most wildly successful MMA promotion in history (along with being amongst its most effective and recognizable proponents), the criticism and speculation aren’t unwarranted. It does, however, seem like the negative examples (Dana calls an anonymous source a “faggot”, Dana says he’ll cut Anderson Silva even if he keeps winning, Dana turned off Fedor with his crude language and demeanor) are far more often reverberated through the echo chamber than the positive ones (Dana pays Nam Phan his win bonus after the Garcia fight, Dana hooks up random fans with comped rooms and tickets).
I’d like to contribute this story from Middle Easy, regarding a thread on the Underground, in the positive column. The following are the two relevant posts, with the latter coming from a frequent UG commenter known to be a UFC representative.
From: Ben Pittsley
Posted: 10 hours ago
Member Since: 1/6/10
I recently visitied Tiger Muay Thai and had the experience of a lifetime, But this is not about me, this is about SAVING THE LIFE OF A 4yr OLD GIRL!!!!
I had the pleasure of training with Kru Nai and meeting his family….When I returned home I learned that his daughter needs a LIVER TRANSPLANT or will die….the doctors gave 4 weeks to live…..
Please donate and help save a life
Mr. DANA WHITE,
If you are a true ambassador for the sport…..PAY FOR THIS SURGERY!!!
Please help, no donation to small……..the clock is ticking http://savetuptim.yolasite.com/ or contact TIGER MUAY THAI for details
Nai is the trainer in Roger Huerta’s HL Video…..
STEP UP Mr. WHITE…..please save a life
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Posted: 7 hours ago
Member Since: 8/14/02
Dana will pay for the remaining funds needed for the surgery.
It’s way easier to bash Dana than to defend him. An outspoken critic of the man is hailed by a solid chunk of our collective readership as speaking truth to power, placing the fighters and the sport ahead of this bald man whom makes a mark of anyone he can. Someone supportive of White’s vision of the sport is termed a Zuffa zombie, under the sway and influence of a carnival barker that couldn’t fill Vince McMahon’s suit. I’m going to go ahead and argue that, as a human being, White is somewhere in the middle of the disparate opinions regarding him. And for the record, the same can be said about those of us writing the opinions.