For every drip of octagon sweat perspiration, blood particle dripped and bone snap, crackled and popped, there is a constant monitoring, governing body that sees it all. UFC President Dana White serves as not only as the head mouthpiece (no pun intended) of the fight circle but also as the judge, jury and pretend executioner of what transpired that night.
With his bald head glistening under the bright lights of the Fox Sports sign as he’s interviewed by reporter and analyst Ariel Helwani, White wastes no time in expressing his opinion on what he thought of the action inside the octagon.
When first hearing him, the casual viewer at home naturally gravitates to his non-conventional verbal expressionism for a sports figure in charge of a major organization. Said viewer would also most likely appreciate his honesty and “common fan view” of how he thought the fights went.
Through his words, it would be understandable to equate the 13-plus year president of the MMA kingpin to that of a used car salesman. Every word, every emphasis and every body lingual motion would lead you to believe that what he says is the absolute, 100 percent truth.
The real truth is: it is not.
Over the years, pointing out contradicting statements in White’s comments are not only welcome. They’re encouraged. It seems as though the only consequence of ‘going against the boss’ word’ will only serve you mouth full of expletives and the occasional, “you’re an idiot.”
Even then however, when cooler heads prevail and the dusts settles, judging a fight for yourself based off what you saw from your own eyes is emphatically more important that what a bald headed, self-serving president told you. The common fan knows who they like, what they like and why they like it. They don’t necessarily require the services of someone like White, whose angry and hostile demeanor to both reporters and disagreeing fans could be considered a major turnoff.
Verbally condemning someone simply because they share a different view than you is juvenile and completely asinine. It’s okay to delve away from White’s views if you share an alternative opinion. His voice is just that: his voice. They do not represent you, the fan, and what you love. The only person to place judgement on that is yourself and no one else. Not even White. Years ago, a much more level-headed and relatively calmer UFC president introduced The Ultimate Fighter, the longest reigning combat sport reality television show in history.
Even through his famous “Do you want to be a *expletive* fighter*” speech, he managed to genuinely connect with the audience at home through his no-B.S. attitude. His voice was tremendously lowered many decibels. His stress level of dealing with hundreds of fighters was minuscule due to a much smaller roster size. He was also seemingly hungrier, with quite a few chips on his shoulder in an attempt to prove the MMA critics and naysayers wrong. The 2005 Dana White could very well physically exist as a separate human being. The 2014 version is the exact opposite: loud, boisterous, argumentative, confrontational, brass, egomaniacal and in some cases, fairly rude.
His behavior and voice for that matter, should never deter you away from your own view. The sport of mixed martial arts is great because it is dynamic, in all aspects. Not just in fighting styles but rather the wide variety of fans who enjoy and respect different aspect of the sport. From the “just bleed” guys to the ground game apprecia-nados, every fan is unique and necessary for the sport to stay afloat, their opinions even more so.
Don’t be afraid to challenge or call him out when you believe he’s wrong. It’s okay and you have a lot more support from the fan community than you may think. Take your respected opinion, raise it high in the air and don’t look back.
Dana White does not, cannot and will not ever speak for you.