UFC President Dana White Says Shaquille O’Neal is ‘The Most Quality Human Being You’ll Ever Meet’

Published 04/15/2021, 11:08 AM EDT
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MARCH 20: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 189 World Media Tour Launch press conference at Maracanazinho on March 20, 2015 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Shaquille O’Neal is one of the greatest big-men in NBA history. He is arguably one of the greatest players of all time- his record says it all. After all, Shaq likes to remind people that don’t know about him to ‘Google him’, as all his accolades are readily available to anyone who does that.

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However, not everyone looks at Shaq just for his play on the basketball court. The person underneath the 7-foot titan is just as spectacular as the basketball player, according to many. One person to share that opinion is UFC President Dana White, who recounted his and Shaq’s friendship.

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“Shaq did the first Ultimate Fighter. That season, he shot the commercial for us. And he killed it. It was cool and different than anything else done in fighting. Anytime I have ever needed Shaq, he was there. And anytime he ever needs me, I’m here. We’ve been friends for a long time. Forget about all the celebrity stuff, you couldn’t meet a more quality human being than Shaquille O’Neal.”

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Shaquille O’Neal is undoubtedly one of the most charitable celebrities in the world. He has been donating his time and money to numerous good causes. From annual Christmas drives where he gives out gifts as Santa to helping people pay their bills at grocery and jewelry stores, Shaq is known to do it all.

NEW YORK, NY – DECEMBER 06: Shaquille O’Neal appears to promote “Toys for Tots” during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on December 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)

He has his own foundation as well, which he uses to do good in the community. Shaq has often spoken about the values his father had instilled in him, and now that he is in a position to help others, he rarely shies away from that opportunity. He gave this interview to talk about things that his foundation is doing. There aren’t many people with Shaq’s status that actively give to the community.

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Dana White’s experiences with Shaq are definitely more personal, something they even alluded to earlier in the interview. But what Shaq has been doing in front of the public eye is more than amazing and should be commended.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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