Six Biggest Controversies Of Dana White’s UFC Career

UFC President Dana White has undoubtedly taken the sport of MMA to levels that were once incomprehensible in the early 1990s. What was once essentially a tough man competition with submissions is now backed by FOX and Reebok, and White’s efforts have arguably turned the UFC into a household name. But for every success Dana […]

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UFC President Dana White has undoubtedly taken the sport of MMA to levels that were once incomprehensible in the early 1990s.

What was once essentially a tough man competition with submissions is now backed by FOX and Reebok, and White’s efforts have arguably turned the UFC into a household name.

But for every success Dana White has had, there’s a controversy that follows. White is known for his brash and mercurial temper, and some of his behind-the-scenes dealings have tarnished both him and the UFC.

Let’s take a look back at the six biggest controversies in Dana White’s UFC career!

6. Dana White’s Mom Writes Tell-All Book About Son

Imagine your mother writing a book about how back of a person you are. Well, that’s exactly what June White did to her son, UFC President Dana White.

June wrote about Dana’s penchant for heavy gambling and womanizing, but perhaps the most damning evidence she produces is the way he treated his family after his ascent to fame and fortune. Dana’s mother says he skipped out on his grandmother’s funeral and had made promises to visit her in Florida prior to her passing.

June White says Dana never made that trip. The rest of the book seems like a bit of a mean-spirited campaign against him, but no one knows you better than your own mother.

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Jose Aldo Almost Retired After Second Max Holloway Loss

Former WEC and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo nearly hung up his gloves for good after his second TKO loss to current champion Max Holloway. Holloway has defeated Aldo twice in a row by TKO, most recently at lasts December’s UFC 218, and the second time almost pushed Aldo to retirement. Aldo discussed his thoughts following […]

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Former WEC and UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo nearly hung up his gloves for good after his second TKO loss to current champion Max Holloway.

Holloway has defeated Aldo twice in a row by TKO, most recently at lasts December’s UFC 218, and the second time almost pushed Aldo to retirement.

Aldo discussed his thoughts following UFC 218 and why he’s continuing to fight as he prepares for his first non-title fight in nearly a decade (via MMA Fighting):

”After the fight, I took some time for myself, to think and stay with my family. Two weeks later, I met with my coaches, sat down with everyone. I asked what they thought, if it was time to stop or not. We decided to move forward. The next day I was in the gym.”

”I think I still have much wood to burn, full capacity to go there and fight for the title again. I still have four fights left in the contract. I want to do at least three this year. I want to get to the third fighting for the title, be champion again. Then, in the future, I think about retiring or not.”

Aldo entered the UFC and was immediately crowned as champion of the 145-pound division after the UFC bought and absorbed the WEC back in 2010. Aldo had been featherweight champion in the WEC and managed to reign over the weight class for six years in total.

Aldo lost his belt following a 13-second knockout loss at the hands of rival Conor McGregor at UFC 194 but managed to recapture the interim featherweight title after defeating Frankie Edgar for a second time at UFC 200.

Aldo has gone winless since the Edgar rematch and has now lost three of his last four fights by some form of knockout.

Thankfully, Aldo found his motivation to fight again after meeting with his team and coaches and is now set to fight Jeremy “Lil Heathen” Stephens in his first non-title fight in years.

Aldo and Stephens will meet in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 30 on July 28 in Calgary.

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Frank Mir Won’t Rule Out Lesnar Trilogy Because ‘Brock Likes Money’

It may sound like a remote possibility, but Frank Mir isn’t ruling out a trilogy match with longtime rival Brock Lesnar. The former UFC heavyweight champ’s rivalry with the hulking WWE champion goes back all the way to Lesnar’s UFC debut in early 2008, where Mir submitted the former NCAA wrestling champion with a perfectly-executed kneebar […]

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It may sound like a remote possibility, but Frank Mir isn’t ruling out a trilogy match with longtime rival Brock Lesnar.

The former UFC heavyweight champ’s rivalry with the hulking WWE champion goes back all the way to Lesnar’s UFC debut in early 2008, where Mir submitted the former NCAA wrestling champion with a perfectly-executed kneebar when it appeared Lesnar would smash him right into the octagon floor.

Lesnar got his revenge, of course, after he went on to become the UFC heavyweight champ, battering Mir en route to a TKO stoppage in the main event of 2009’s historic UFC 100 pay-per-view.

Since then, their careers have gone on different paths, as Lesnar left the UFC for WWE in early 2012 and has fought in MMA only once since while Mir signed with Bellator MMA when his most recent contract with the UFC ran out. Mir will meet legendary former PRIDE champion Fedor Emelianenko in his Bellator debut in the main event of this weekend’s (Fri., April 27, 2018) Bellator 198, but while that’s a big enough fight in its own right, Mir won’t close the door on a third bout with Lesnar.

Recently discussing the topic during the media buildup to Bellator 198 this week via MMA News, Mir said he can’t count the possibility out because Lesnar loves money – and a third match-up with Mir would do big numbers in his opinion:

“We’ll see. I still don’t count it out. Brock likes money and I don’t think there’s anybody he could get more pay-per-view buys on than facing me. I feel that fight will still work itself out because of what the financial ramifications are, it just makes sense.”

While it’s safe to say that Lesnar against anyone in MMA would do huge numbers regardless, him closing the book on his longest-tenured rivalry with a second win over Mir would almost assuredly be a huge draw even if both combatants are on the wrong side of 40.

However, it’s far from simple to predict how it would actually happen, with Mir competing for the UFC’s closest competitor and Lesnar still operating as arguably the biggest name in the WWE despite seemingly endless rumors swirling of his UFC return.

So even though it’s a remote dream fight with little chance of actually happening currently, Mir cautioned fans not to rule it out. He never thought he’d be facing the legendary Fedor, either, and here he is:

“Absolutely [it can happen]. I would like to make sure it occurs. Just be patient. I mean who would have thought I would eventually be able to face Fedor?”

A good point to be certain, yet Mir would most likely have to re-sign with the UFC to make it happen, something that appears less than likely at the present juncture.

Like he says, stranger things have happened.

A win over “The Last Emperor” would certainly help his cause for getting the biggest fight in all of heavyweight MMA. Is it one you’re still interested in?

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Jon Jones Continues Twitter Assault On Alexander Gustafsson

One’s a disgraced former champion who may be facing a multiple-year suspension for steroids and the other is 3-3 in his last six fights, but that isn’t stopping longtime rivals Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson from continually throwing down on social media. Jones jumped into Gustafsson’s online feud with current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier […]

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One’s a disgraced former champion who may be facing a multiple-year suspension for steroids and the other is 3-3 in his last six fights, but that isn’t stopping longtime rivals Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson from continually throwing down on social media.

Jones jumped into Gustafsson’s online feud with current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier last night, focusing on “The Mauler’s” tough talk despite losses to both “Bones” and “DC”:

Gustafsson responded last night by teasing Jones’ issues with performance-enhancing drugs, saying that he fought tough in the championship rounds thanks to the ‘good stuff’:

That sent Jones on a reaction spree, taunting the Swedish contender by chronicling his legendary resumé of former champions on his list:

Jones made it personal by referring back to his classic bout against Gustafsson at UFC 165 almost five years ago, asking “The Mauler” if he truly thought he was on PEDs when he outlasted him by decision:

Finally, Jones resorted to the juvenile with a good ‘ol ‘American balls’ reference:

Another day, another chapter in the saga of Jones and Gus.

Their first fight was arguably the greatest fight in the history of storied 205-pound class, but several roadblocks stand in the way of the two towering superstars ever facing off in the octagon again.

Even though the hype for such a fight has obviously cooled over the past five years, it still retains a certain amount of intrigue and bad blood even after so much time.

If only Jones could make it back to the octagon soon, their rivalry could become so much more than a back-and-forth smack talk battle on Twitter – just don’t count on it anytime soon.

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Jon Jones Jumps Into Daniel Cormier & Alexander Gustafsson’s Twitter Beef

Although the UFC’s light heavyweight title is currently on hold as champion Daniel Cormier meets heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in the main event of July 7’s UFC 226, that hasn’t stopped the top fighters at 205 pounds from remaining active online and spewing smack talk at one another. The latest round in a seemingly never-ending […]

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Although the UFC’s light heavyweight title is currently on hold as champion Daniel Cormier meets heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in the main event of July 7’s UFC 226, that hasn’t stopped the top fighters at 205 pounds from remaining active online and spewing smack talk at one another.

The latest round in a seemingly never-ending saga between Cormier, legendary but troubled former champion Jon Jones, and perennial top contender Alexander Gustafsson was riled up when Gustafsson revealed he had signed a lucrative new contract with the UFC.

Announcing the deal, ‘The Mauler’ threw a bit of shade at the aging Cormier, suggesting he was ready to fight while Cormier was discussing retirement:

But even though Gustafsson talked a big game and suggested Cormier was the one soon to quit, ‘DC’s’ been the far more active fighter than the towering Swede, who has fought only five times since his historic loss to Jones at 2013’s UFC 165.

Cormier has fought twice as much as ‘The Mauler’ in that timeframe, including a split decision victory over Gustafsson at UFC 192 in 2015 for one of his three title defenses of the 205-pound belt. So even though that fight and Gustafsson’s match-up with Jones went down to the wire, Gustafsson is largely known for his two closest losses, something “DC” brutally pointed out on Twitter while urging Gus to quit talking on social media and go fight :

Finally, in a reaction that may have been a bit unexpected (or may not at all), Jones chimed in tonight by saying that even though he didn’t like Cormier, Gustafsson should bring the ‘tough guy’ act to the championship rounds when fighting the best at 205:

Arguably the greatest fighter in MMA history and almost definitely the best light heavyweight to fight in the UFC (at least by the numbers), Jones was almost assuredly on the way to becoming the most dominant to set foot in the octagon before a long, concerning series of outside-the-cage incident involving all sort of drugs both recreational and performance-enhancing derailed his otherwise decorated career as he continues playing the victim.

‘Bones” latest comeback was at last July’s UFC 214, where he knocked out Cormier in the third round of their awaited rematch to take back the throne most felt was rightly his anyway. Yet he ruined the emphatic return by testing positive for anabolic steroid Turinabol and is currently facing punishment for his second PED-related offense from USADA after essentially claiming that he didn’t know the steroids got into his system in a previous hearing in front of the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC).

Jones could be suspended for quite some time; however, he’s still the only man to defeat Cormier and Gustafsson, and he could somehow return for yet another comeback sooner than we think. He could also just as easily stay on the sidelines as the most shocking, cautionary tale of wasted talent in MMA history as well.

Either way, he’s not going to let his former  – and possibly future – rivals get away with generating some heat without him being involved.

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Six Huge Messes The UFC Should Have Avoided

Sometimes, the UFC shoots itself in the foot with problems that were easily avoidable. Whether it’s just bad matchmaking or more nefarious issues, the UFC has gone into crisis mode more often than they’d like to admit, and it seems like its been happening with concerning regularity lately. With mainstream media attention and publicity at […]

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Sometimes, the UFC shoots itself in the foot with problems that were easily avoidable.

Whether it’s just bad matchmaking or more nefarious issues, the UFC has gone into crisis mode more often than they’d like to admit, and it seems like its been happening with concerning regularity lately.

With mainstream media attention and publicity at an all-time high, the UFC needs to learn from their mistakes of the past to ensure a better product, but even as the world’s best MMA promotion by a wide margin, they could sometimes do much better in dealing with the curveballs the notoriously volatile fight game throws their way.

We broke down the six biggest messes the UFC could have easily avoided, and the results may surprise you:

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6. Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen

This match-up never made sense in the first place, yet the UFC insisted on putting it together.

They tried it at UFC 151 on short notice after Dan Henderson was forced out with a knee inury, which Jones declined. The UFC then canceled the entire card altogether.

Ignoring fate, they put on the fight at UFC 159 instead, and Jones predictably smashed Sonnen in the first round. However, Jones did break his toe in a freak accident while defending a takedown, and one wonders whether Sonnen could have won the belt had the bout gone past the first round. Jones’ big toe was completely broken in the most grotesque way; he had snagged it in a tear in the Octagon canvas.

But the writing was on the wall the entire time the UFC insisted on putting together a Jones vs. Sonnen title fight.

They tried to punish Jones for not accepting the bout on a week’s notice, yet in reality, it was the fans and other fighters on UFC 151 who were punished.

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