Dana White sat down for another in-depth chat with Ariel Helwani on Fuel TV last night, and you can watch it in full below.
Unfortunately Fuel haven’t made the video available to watch in all regions around the globe though, but don’t worry, we’ve also got keynotes for you as well.
– Amongst the things he’s most proud of during his tenure as the UFC’s president is the introduction of health insurance for fighters, and he believes that the company has revolutionized the fight business.
– Speaking about the FOX TV deal, White insists that it’s been “interesting and fun” despite disappointing ratings at times, and he is relishing the fact that they have to change things up that they didn’t originally anticipate in order to get the best out of it.
“There are a lot of things that we needed to tweak, but we’re in a really good place right now. I’m feeling really good at the end of the year.”
– White says they are still working on fixing the TUF show, and also adds that he still harbors an ambition to bring back the TUF: Live format at some stage. He doesn’t think this is a make-or-break season for the franchise.
– He reveals that despite his confident, outspoken personality these days, in the beginning he worried about having to talk on camera and in front of people a lot more. In fact he admits there was one time when he froze and couldn’t speak while being questioned by the NSAC when the UFC’s was first trying to get licensed in Las Vegas!
– He says he’s never thought about quitting the sport. He feels people are too quick to ask him about his possible retirement. He feels that should be something that gets asked when he’s 73, not 43.
– Regarding his battle with Meniere’s disease, he reveals that doctor’s have put him on medication that only helps 50% of patients with the problem, but so far it seems to be working for him.
– Roy Nelson is the toughest coach he’s ever had to deal with on the show.
– He confirms that Junior Dos Santos Vs Cain Velasquez II is the plan for their final show of the year.
– His biggest regret is saying “f*gg*t” during a rant at a reporter on a video blog years ago as people still use that against him and claim that he’s a homophobe which he insists isn’t the case.
– As for his biggest achievement, he believes that “without a doubt” it was signing the FOX deal.