You know, I was sitting around thinking, why haven't I conjured some type of Blog subjecting everyone's favorite MMA promoter Dana White? Well, my friends, now is this time as I have nothing better to do so NOW would be the best time to present you with this “masterpiece”. It's beyond time to get back to my ways after a few warmup entries. So, ladies and gentlemen, grab a beer and a snack of choice, or just a beer to enjoy today's topic:
Dana White: Friend or Foe?
Friend: Let me start off first by saying this. Theres a 99.9% chance that we wouldn't be graced with a mainstream quality product in UFC without him. It's not easy to run a company that could literally implode at any second. You pretty much own a zoo individuals who LOVE to fight. Last time I checked, UFC employed approximately over 200+ fighters and are constantly hiring/firing faces. That's a shitload of people to be responsible for. Much has been put into place to make UFC accessible to televisions over the last decade. Changes have been made to make it “safer” and less brutal since it originally started in 1993. What were to happen if someone gotten seriously injured or god forbid a death occur while millions of people watching? It's not like the UFC has been popular like the NFL for decades . An incident of that nature could be catastrophically damaging here in the early years. I call them early years because they are. The amount of exposure has been tremendous in the past 5 years. Now you can hold Brock Lesnar accountable for that or whoever you chose to do so. Dana knows exactly what is beneficial to the sport, no doubt about it. The WWE had/has plenty of fans who were growing tired of the product during Lesnar's years and Dana lured him away while he was at a high point of popularity to a nice purse that could equally a years work or more in the WWE. Point being, Dana does make great decisions for a once waning sport and has turned it into a profitable company due to his actions. You also hear a lot of people/fighters complaining about the amount of money being paid to fighters. Of course, if you compare to boxing,NFL players, or any professional organization that's been around for ages. If they sport continues to grow at a decent pace over the next few years there's no reason why it shouldn't improve. I'm in no way against fighters being paid Right now, I think it shouldn't be that big of a deal considering the economy, which I believe is the UFC's worst enemy right now. I do complain about PPV prices being so expensive when I'm not able to make it out to my local bar or decide to purchase the event at my home last minute,but I really can't.
Foe: For years, Dana has said his share of controversial statements. Whether it being to some maniacal hackers,his fighters, or his followers on Twitter he as always been very vocal. There are plenty of positives and negatives to that. I'm not going to say “well If I was UFC President I would never do this,say that, write this”, because I'm not. I'm just a regular person with a job, not a multimillionaire. I don't know Dana White personally, nor do many of you. However, I do see what he displays online for millions of people to see. I feel a sense of professionalism and maturity should be considered when your in a position of that nature. Bickering with trolls on Twitter doesn't make you look as powerful as you should being the leader of a company. It exposes your weaknesses to all of your employees and with all of the controversial and insulting banter ask yourself this:Is Dana White a professional? Same can be said for the fighters,but that's a different story. Now before anyone gives me the comparison of Dana White/Vince McMahon let me say this. There is Vince McMahon the character and Vince McMahon the businessman. The character version is the one you saw on TV making an ass out of himself every Monday night. The professional one would be the man behind the scenes, striving for perfection trying to make every little thing right. Not saying Dana isn't capable of being professional. It's just seems that frequently he has a tough time controlling his outburst, and it seems he's always in a vocal controversy with someone. He has no problem standing up for a company he helped flourish and that can come off as egotistical at times.
Do I dislike Dana White as a promoter? Of course not, I'm sure he wouldn't care if I did. After all, he's the millionaire and I'm not. He was presented with a tough opportunity to turn a company around and did so with financial resources that weren't his and is definitely the pioneer of mainstream MMA. He still continues to find ways to expand the company by TV deals and tour live events all over the world. I totally respect what Dana has done. He will never be Mr. Nice Guy or your standard white-collar crony. He's just Dana.
These are some of the Facebook comments I've read. I told you I would respond. I'm a man of my word. I'll keep the names confidential.
“Check out the old movie beyond the mat... If you think he'd be takng it easy in the worl of fake wrestling you're mistaken... 300 nights a year on the road, taking bumps, and still having to find time to workout. The outcome may be pre determined, but the wear on their bodies is way worse. There is a reason for all of the early deaths in the game man. “
-I'm well aware of what repercussions suffer throughout many years of abuse. Been a fan of wrestling for about 15 years. I never once said what the wrestler's take in the ring was fake either. I'm not sure you read my blog in it's entirety. I’ve seen Beyond the Mat several times, actually saw it in theaters when it was released years ago. Maybe I didn't clarify myself or something.
“Fuck this dude.”
Your the reason I had to put a question in my (Fan)? Feedback. So much for my undefeated praise streak of two.
“Yeah thanks for all the late breaking news alerts...doh!”
I didn't realize I was a reporter.
“i disagree with the blog “
Short,sweet, and to the point. That's a commendable post, Sir.
ANYWAYS, wasn't much,but thanks for the recent feedback, negative and positive. I never claimed to be an expert in MMA, nor did I EVER label myself as a columnist. I chose to write about certain topics because I enjoy it and I do follow the sport to a certain extent, do I live and breathe it? No. I have a career that occupies much of my time amongst other things that take up a bulk of my time. Regardless, check back in a few days for a review of UFC 144. I could careless how right or wrong my predictions are, but I did put some thought into them. I'm not going to cry myself to sleep if they are all wrong, nor will I gloat if I had every one of them down to a tee. Or maybe I would just a little? Enjoy the fights!