UFC President Dana White says that he hates people with ego and that ego doesn’t have a place in the sport. (Video Below).
White made the comments to Brazilian Portuguese site Sexto Round. In the interview, White attempts to take a populist attitude toward MMA, suggesting that everybody should work together to build the sport.
“I just don’t think there’s anything to have an ego about,” said White. “I mean, were all in this together – me, you, the fighters, everybody – we’re trying to build this sport. And this is what I love. I love coming out and hanging out with fans, or the media, or people who love this sport as much as I do.
“I don’t think there should be ego involved in anything. I can’t stand guys with egos and guys who act like they’re too f—ing cool for school. I don’t like people like that. So I hope I don’t ever come off that way and I don’t ever want to be that, guys.”
White has historically been one of the most outspoken, vocal and controversial figures in MMA. While many criticize his bombastic attitude, others credit him for taking MMA and the UFC and turning it into a national phenomenon and probably the fastest growing sport in the world.
White added: “I don’t like when people don’t spend time with the fans. I don’t like when people don’t respond to the fans… When we’re at events, I like the fighters to walk around, talk to all the fans, take some pictures. This is what it is all about. The minute you start to lose a grasp of that, that’s where you really start to spin out of control and lose your mind. I think, in my opinion.”