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Dana White Part 2

June 19, 2024

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Round 2 with UFC President Dana White continues the no-holds-barred conversation of Part 1. Dana White, known for his candid and forthright style, dives into a range of subjects that are sure to captivate sports fans and fight enthusiasts.

Dana discusses the situation with Francis Ngannou, stating he has no regrets about how things played out. He affirms that the UFC did everything possible to make the Jon Jones vs Ngannou fight happen, emphasizing that Jones isn’t afraid of Ngannou and is the baddest fighter of all time. Dana believes Jones would defeat Ngannou just as he did Ciryl Gane and elaborates on Jones’s status as the baddest human in fighting sports history, a potential fight with Stipe Miocic, and what makes Jones so formidable—a true “killer” with a dark side.

On the financial side, Dana addresses the ongoing debate about fighter pay, asserting that fighters are earning more and that many quotes on the subject come from reporters who lack understanding of the business. He also reflects on the Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather bout, highlighting issues within boxing’s economics. Discussing potential matchups like Mike Tyson vs. Jake Paul, Dana insists Tyson, at 58, shouldn’t be fighting.

Dana doesn’t hold back on Oscar De La Hoya, calling him a “two-faced lying nutjob” and stating they’ll never reconcile. He talks about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement, his vast wealth, and his continuation in the sport through Islam Makhachev. He also praises Ronda Rousey as the greatest athlete he’s worked with, noting her unique impact on the sport and her subsequent transition to movies, a path few fighters successfully navigate.

He recounts getting The Rock into social media and shares the success of Power Slap, an endeavor that gained massive followers quickly. Dana envisions celebrities participating and even invites Shannon to join.

In a fun segment, Dana speculates on which athletes from various sports would make great UFC fighters, naming Tom Brady, Michael Jordan, Shaq, and others. Dana’s love for gambling comes to the fore as he talks about his nightly blackjack sessions, his venture into baccarat, and his strategy of betting as much as possible, even impacting a casino’s quarterly report.

He stresses that he isn’t concerned about getting canceled, valuing the opinions of those closest to him. Lastly, Dana addresses a personal incident involving his wife, expressing remorse over the impact on his children more than the public nature of the event.

Join Shannon Sharpe and Dana White for a riveting episode filled with honesty, insider stories, and the unfiltered insights of one of the most influential figures in sports today. Whether you’re a die-hard UFC fan or simply enjoy candid conversations, this episode of Club Shay Shay is essential listening.


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