‘Dana White is the UFC’ – After taking the UFC from bankruptcy to a $10 billion company, the 53-year-old UFC president receives his dues from a “privileged” fighter


Michael Chandler has a fierce reputation for winning brutal knockouts. When the three-time Bellator champion moved to the UFC last year, pundits touted him as the future lightweight champion. However, his UFC career has been mixed so far, but ‘Iron’ has developed a fondness for the UFC kingpin. Dana White.


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At UFC 281, Chandler will face Dustin Poirier on November 12, at Madison Square and the winner will most likely earn a title shot. In a recent interview with the Valuetainment podcast, he expressed his opinion on what separates the UFC and Bellator.


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Many MMA fighters in recent times have switched between promotions. And the long list includes MMA stars Cris Cyborg, Yoel Romero and Ben Askren.

What did Michael Chandler say about Dana White?

Host, Patrick Bet-David, welcomed Michael Chandler as a guest on the podcast. Bet-David asked the Missouri born about the difference between Bellator President Scott Coker and UFC President Dana White.

After spending a decade at Bellator, Chandler might be the most appropriate man to shed light on both personalities.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15: (RL) Charles Oliveira of Brazil hits Michael Chandler during their UFC lightweight championship bout at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC)

Chandler mentioned this Dana White was on another level when it came to celebrity status. Additionally, he said the UFC kingpin is a huge name and people listen to him when he speaks. The 36-year-old spoke about White only talking about MMA, “Because he’s been doing it for so much longer.”

The No. 5 lightweight fighter then drew a parallel between the two. So he said that Dana White carries a bit more brashness while Scott Coker is more reserved in his nature.

He continued and added that Scott Coker takes Bellator’s growth seriously. But at the same time, not as much as Dana White.

The 23-7 record holder concluded, “I think Dana eats, sleeps and breathes…that’s her identity. It’s his lifestyle. It’s him. The UFC is Dana White, and Dana White is the UFC, and that’s a beautiful thing.

White and the UFC promotional wave

The 53-year-old assumed the role of UFC President with its incorporation in 2001. White’s role proved instrumental in the promotion’s rise as the top promotion in the world which began with a debt. White when revealed this all they inherited from the 2001 deal was the brand name and an old octagon.

HOUSTON, TEXAS – MAY 15: UFC President Dana White waits to place the UFC lightweight championship belt on Brazil’s Charles Oliveira after defeating Michael Chandler in their lightweight championship bout during the UFC 262 event at Toyota Center on May 15, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Cooper Neill/Zuffa LLC)

Thanks to his efforts, the UFC’s gross income in 2015 was $600 million. Currently, the UFC is worth $9-10 billion, as said Dana White to Aaron Bronsteter.


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Recently, he signed a contract extension with the UFC and will continue in the role of president until 2026.


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What do you think of these comments from Michael Chandler? Do you believe it too? Let us know in the comments below.

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