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Dana White to Speak at Republican National Convention?

UFC President, Dana White (Photo via thesweetscience.com)

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump intends to fill the stage at the national convention in Cleveland next month not with politicians, but with sports stars.

“We’re going to do it a little different, if it’s O.K.,” he recently told a crowd in Virginia, as transcribed by Nick Corasiniti for the NY Times. “I’m thinking about getting some of the great sports people who like me a lot.”

Trump listed for the crowd the names of prominent figures in sport who support him, including former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight, NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and BenRoethlisberger, NASCAR chief executive Brian France, and UFC president Dana White.

“Dana White, you know Dana White?” The Donald asked the crowd. “UFC. Guy’s a champion. These are champions.”

“Our country needs to see winners. We don’t see winners anymore. We have a bunch of clowns running this country. We have people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing running our country.”

White is not a political person, but is on the record as appreciative of his history with Trump.

“When we bought this business, it was banned in most states,” said White to TMZ in December. “It wasn’t supported by the athletic commissions and no arenas wanted this thing. And Donald Trump was the first one to have us come out at the Trump Taj Mahal, not only did we host the events there, but he actually showed up and supported the events.”

“You will never hear me say a negative thing about Donald Trump. And you know what? When we did our big Fox deal, there was a big write-up in the New York Times. On the front page he wrote, ‘Congratulations, Dana. I always knew you were going to do it,’ and he sent the front page to me. So me and Donald are cool. Donald will get my vote.”

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Aaron Portier
Highly passionate MMA Journalist, and I've followed the sport ever since my favorite fighter, Vitor Belfort won the heavyweight tournament at UFC 12. After that I've tried to go to every local MMA event around the Gulf Coast and surrounding areas and decided to make it a point to have a career in some aspect in the fighting sport other than fighting in general (didn't want to ruin my face). I'm currently enrolled at Southeastern Louisiana University working towards a degree in Communication. I cover MMA, Boxing and Football for The Daily Star newspaper in my hometown of Hammond, Louisiana, in addition to working as a promotional writer for a local Boxing promotion known as BoxnCar and I cover boxing for 8countnews.com however SciFighting.com is my home. My main goal is to bring more publicity to MMA in my area and to the sport as a whole as all of us involved with the sport are merely scratching the surface and laying the foundation of what mixed martial arts competition will be further down the road.