Dana White Interview

An interesting interview took place between UFC president Dana White and USA TODAY’s Sergio Non; as you can well imagine, Tito Ortiz was discussed, along with the state of MMA, the Olympics, the upcoming UFC schedule and much more.  Below are some excerpts:

You’ve said in the past that it would be good thing for MMA to be in the Olympics. How so?If you look at any of the sports out there, whether it’s basketball — the best scenario I can come up with is the old days of Olympic boxing. Guys who go in and win the Olympics are seen as the potential to be some of the best fighters in the world. Countries rally behind these guys and when they turn professional, it’s at a much bigger scale.

 

Plus, to be in the Olympics means we have an amateur level, too, that there’s a full-blown mixed martial arts amateur level. And these amateurs get so good they go to the Olympics, win the gold and hopefully someday become world champions. I just think when it becomes an Olympic sport it takes it to a whole ‘nother level.

There are any number of successful sports, including your own, that have done pretty well without the Olympics. The NFL doesn’t really need it, NASCAR, things like that. Do you really think it would add that much to the industry?

Oh, yeah. It would totally create awareness. The whole world would know about it then. This is the fastest-growing sport right now, but we have a lot of work to do it. People don’t understand how hard we work behind the scenes to grow this sport. To get in the Olympics, it would literally explode overnight.

F
encing is an Olympic sport, but it’s fair to say that most people in the United States still don’t care about fencing …

Fencing sucks. (laughs)

For the rest of this interview, click here.

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