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    Is Dana White the most influential figure in sports?


    Dana White is the president of the UFC. He was recently listed by Forbes Magazine as one of the most influential people in the world. I completely agree with this and have my own reasoning why he really is one of the most influential people in the world. On top of being one of the most influential people in the world, I feel he is the most influential person in sports. Here are 5 of the many reasons.

    1. Dana White is the president, name, and face of the fasting growing sports in the world.
    You can’t have a conversation about mma or UFC without mentioning Dana White. This guy should get most of the credit to the reasoning the UFC is so popular.

    2. Dana White has worldwide respect.
    You could not even say that about president Obama. Dana has held UFC events in the United States, Canada, England, Abu Dhabi, and many places in-between. The events he holds in other countries help their economies. The only other sport that brings so many countries together to watch is soccer but everyone knows MMA is much more entertaining.

    3. Dana White is not fake.
    He has no censor and speaks his mind. He will not be fake just so you will like him. You will also know if he is not a fan or doesn’t like you. Some have a problem with this type of person but I would rather someone be straight up than fake.

    4. Dana White is down to earth.
    He never snubs fans. This guy is always meeting and greeting fans. He also stays involved with his fans through many outlets including Twitter where he has over 1.2 million followers. You will catch Dana tweeting locations where to meet him to get free tickets before an event. Bottom line he is a celebrity but when you talk to him you realize he is just a hardcore fan of MMA.

    5. Dana White is passionate.
    He is very passionate about MMA and his company. He saw the diamond in the rough back when the UFC was a money pit losing money at every event and being banned from pay per view. His hard work, dedication, and passion grew this company to the level it is now. Dana White protects the UFC like a grizzly bear protects its young. The UFC is now worth well over a billion dollars thanks mostly to Dana White’s passion for the sport and company.
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    What a horrible article.

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    Only point 1 and slightly point 2 have anything to do with influential with the rest being why the author likes Dana. There is not one mention of fighting for events in new venues (Ontario, New York), or his pursuit of network contracts or his branding of not only UFC, but himself as well. There isn't even a shred of research done to see how much UFC has grown recently. Is this even worthy of a published article? This article seems more closely to what you'd hear some guy at a bar say when someone else disses DW.
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    Didn't read the article but to answer the question, no way. The UFC is still more spectacle than sport and as long as he lets the fans have a say in title fights it will stay that way. If that's the case, you would have to say Vince McMahon is the most influential man in sports and that's a joke.

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    No he isnt close.

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    The author has obviously never heard of Sepp Blatter.

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    Seriously what a shite article, 'the countries he holds events in help there economies?' , i don't think any country the UFC has been in is poor enough to notice a boom in there economy due to a UFC event been held in the country! Sweet mercy the country would be in some mess if they noticed an economic boom from the holding of a single event! Laughable reporting!
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    UGH. Somebody really, really, really, really, really, really wants press credentials, and they don't mind getting dirty in the process.

    1. Dana White is the president, name, and face of the fasting growing sports in the world.
    You can’t have a conversation about mma or UFC without mentioning Dana White. This guy should get most of the credit to the reasoning the UFC is so popular.
    He's actually just the president of the UFC, not of the sport of MMA. He should NOT get most of the credit for the UFC being so popular. The UFC blew up because of TUF, and dana was 100% opposed to TUF and needed to be overruled by the Brothers to make it happen.

    MMA is succeeding despite dana, not because of him.

    2. Dana White has worldwide respect.
    You could not even say that about president Obama. Dana has held UFC events in the United States, Canada, England, Abu Dhabi, and many places in-between. The events he holds in other countries help their economies. The only other sport that brings so many countries together to watch is soccer but everyone knows MMA is much more entertaining.
    Uhm...I have absolutely zero respect for dana. None. Zip. He's a punkass and a liar and he plays with other people's money.

    And MMA isn't even close to the popularity of soccer. It's not even close to the popularity of baseball, worldwide.

    3. Dana White is not fake.
    He has no censor and speaks his mind. He will not be fake just so you will like him. You will also know if he is not a fan or doesn’t like you. Some have a problem with this type of person but I would rather someone be straight up than fake.
    ...so when he says one thing and does the complete opposite, that's not being fake, as long as he wears overpriced tee shirts and says "fuck" a lot.

    4. Dana White is down to earth.
    He never snubs fans. This guy is always meeting and greeting fans. He also stays involved with his fans through many outlets including Twitter where he has over 1.2 million followers. You will catch Dana tweeting locations where to meet him to get free tickets before an event. Bottom line he is a celebrity but when you talk to him you realize he is just a hardcore fan of MMA.
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    He's violently opposed to any type of accountability or his employees getting any type of standardized rights, and has 7 Ferrarri's, last count. Just because he twitters a lot and talks like your out-of-work-uncle-with-24-hour-whiskey-breath doesn't mean he's "keepin' it real, yo."

    5. Dana White is passionate.
    He is very passionate about MMA and his company. He saw the diamond in the rough back when the UFC was a money pit losing money at every event and being banned from pay per view. His hard work, dedication, and passion grew this company to the level it is now. Dana White protects the UFC like a grizzly bear protects its young. The UFC is now worth well over a billion dollars thanks mostly to Dana White’s passion for the sport and company.
    Well, it is worth a billion, but really that has a little bit to do with the Brothers investing millions after losing millions and millions, as well as overruling dana when he makes dumbass decisions and fixing things when he screws up.

    But if you check the dictionary, there is probably a correlation between being overly emotional and passionate, so he can't be 100% wrong.


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    Oh yea he so respective a guy who bans journalists and trashes them when they write something he doesn't like, Bans sponsors and clothing lines like almost banning Tapout of the UFC just for sponsoring Fedor with a shirt, Trashes fighters, and oh yea if your not in the UFC you ain't shit. I don't respect this Bald Bozo Fuck

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    Dana isn't perfect like the author of this article makes him out to be, but by no means is he evil like a few people in this thread make him out to be. Was Dana solely responsible for the success of UFC? No, but to say he didn't have a role in it at all is a bit naive.

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