Dana White (born July 28,
1969 in Manchester, Connecticut) is the current President of the Ultimate Fighting
Championship (UFC), a mixed
martial arts organization based in the United States.
Connecticut, White grew up in Las Vegas, Boston and Levant, Maine.
White is a fierce Boston Red Sox
fan. During his youth, he
bounced back and forth between Las Vegas and Maine. He attended
college in Boston for two years but did not finish; however, while
there he did launch a boxing program for inner-city children.
White has a background as an aerobics instructor. In 1992, White
established Dana White Enterprises in Las Vegas. He conducted
aerobics classes at three gyms in the Las Vegas area and began
managing MMA fighters Tito Ortiz
While working as a manager, White learned that Semaphore
Entertainment Group, the parent company of the UFC, was looking for
a buyer for the UFC. White contacted childhood friend Lorenzo Fertitta
, an executive at Station Casinos
, and a former commissioner
of the Nevada State
. Within a month, Lorenzo and his older
bought the UFC,
with White installed as its president. White currently owns 10% of
, LLC, the entity the Fertitta brothers
created to own and manage the UFC.
On April 1, 2009, White was videotaped in a verbal tirade against
Loretta Hunt, a sportswriter for Sherdog
response to an article she wrote. In the video posted on his
account, White used derogatory
language in an obscenity-laced rant. The video was pulled from his
YouTube page but has been widely
republished across the internet and come under fire, including by
for his use of anti-gay slurs. White
would later apologize for his slurs. He specifically did not
include Hunt in the apology. Hunt responded by saying "I stand by
the story. It's accurate."
White and his wife of 13 years, Anne have two sons and a
Championships and accomplishments
- Other titles
- Nevada Sportsman of the Year (2009)
- Oh yeah, did we mention White just welcomed his
third child into the world? A daughter named Savanna.