UFC President Dana White is one of the most outspoken and unfiltered leader of a sports organization in the country. His story is also a true American success story. White was once a boxing instructor in Boston and through his own savy became the President and minority owner of the UFC, which recently sold for $4 billion.
Last month it was revealed that Republican Candidate for President Donald Trump had invited White to speak at the Republican National Convention. It seemed like a weird request from Trump as White is of course not involved in politics at all, but White agreed and today spoke to the convention:
“I know if I needed Donald he would be there for me just like he was when I first met him,” White said. “He’s one of these guys that sometimes he will pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey, good luck with the fights tonight. I’m going to be watching,’ or whatever it is that we might have going on, and he always reaches out to me when something has happened in my career.”
Trump’s interest in White and the UFC is “personal,” White made sure to mention. And White says that is what really shows Trump’s “true character” because he is genuinely happy for the UFC’s success. The Republican nominee’s “sense of loyalty and commitment will translate into how he will run this country,” White said.
White closed his near four-minute speech by saying Trump is just as much a fighter as those he’s seen compete inside the Octagon and throughout his career as a fight promoter.
“Let’s be honest folks. We need somebody who believes in this country. We need somebody who is proud of this country and who will fight for this country. Let me tell you something. I’ve been in the fight business my whole life. I know fighters. Ladies and gentleman, Donald Trump is a fighter and I know he will fight for this country. Thank you very much have a great evening.”