“He’s Got Granite!” – BJ Baldwin Recalls Explosive Sparring Session with Dana White on Mike Tyson’s Podcast

Published 03/04/2021, 2:51 AM EST


Dana White is the most flamboyant combat sports personality today. The UFC supremo has a different love for fighting, and that is certainly visible from his mindset. White rolls out some of the most magnetic fights through his promotion, UFC, and gives a vibrant platform to upcoming prospects. But prior to creating the UFC, White worked as a celebrity trainer and even a manager.

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He developed a love for boxing right in his childhood days and trained some top-tier celebrities.

Recently, the renowned off-road champion, BJ Baldwin, was on Mike Tyson‘s Hotboxin podcast. Here he spilled some beans on his training period with the UFC boss.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 05: UFC president Dana White interacts with media during the UFC 226 Press Conference inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 5, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Dana’s got hands! …He’s got two hands, and he’s got granite. I remember sparring him, I probably sparred him like 10-15 times but I remember one time, in particular, I was really feeling myself like I was like really crisp, really fast, you know, for just, you know, regular guy, because I’ve been training so much.”

”And he would always just wipe me out when we would spar,” said Baldwin.

Baldwin asserted that even after much hard work and training sessions, Dana White always dispatched him with ease. The UFC President always asked the auto racer to give his best in sparring sessions. Despite that, White’s prowess and extreme knowledge helped him edge over the Baldwin.

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Should Dana White have pursued a career in boxing?

The 51-year-old has repeatedly showcased his love for both MMA and boxing. Although he leads an MMA organization, his love for boxing has gone nowhere.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 02: UFC President Dana White holds the UFC Legacy championship belt during the UFC 235 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 2, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

With Baldwin’s aforementioned comments, it seems White was highly skilled in boxing and presented his best self in every sparring session. Considering this, it’s unquestionable to say that White might have enjoyed a substantial run in boxing.

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But, with his business mindset abilities, the latter took up another role and till today, he’s enjoying the same.

Maybe if he had turned into a pro-boxer, fans might have never got to see UFC rise as it did. Overall, White pursued his passion for fighting and molded it in his way to become one of the most successful personalities.

What do you draw from Baldwin’s comments?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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