“Big Bad” Dana White Turned Weak When a Rooster Made His Life a Living Hell

Published 01/20/2023, 4:51 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 23: UFC president Dana White interacts with fans and media during the UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The world knows Dana White as the man who became the president of the UFC. However, his mother, June M. White, saw the UFC president in a completely different light. While the entire world looks at the UFC boss as the man who made MMA as popular as it is today, his mother looks at the struggles and the hardships he had to endure to reach that stage. Furthermore, with the eyes of the world filled with emotions that lift White to the throne of UFC, June White viewed her son as a naughty child and recounted the hilarious things he did when he was just a kid. In the book she wrote, ‘Dana White, King of MMA: An Unauthorized biography’, White’s mother revealed a hilarious incident the UFC president faced when he was a child, messing around at his grandparents’ place.

White has risen to the level of fame where he is respected by all in the universe of combat sports. But his mother knows the truth behind it all. She has written about White’s initial struggle in her book. Without a doubt, the book has seemingly changed the fans’ views about the UFC boss. 

Dana White was dead scared of roosters

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June White has written about various incidents involving her son. One such hilarious incident involved White and a rooster. She wrote that White lived in Maine during his time in the seventh grade. He lived with his paternal family, who even bought him a horse. However, the family’s entertainment began when White decided to trouble a rooster.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 05: UFC president Dana White stands on stage after inducting Ronda Rousey into the UFC Hall of Fame during the UFC Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Induction Ceremony inside The Pearl concert theater at Palms Casino Resort on July 5, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The author recalled that next to White’s grandmother’s house, there lived a rooster. One day, the seventh grader decided to terrorize the bird. However, it didn’t turn out the way he expected. She wrote, “One day Dana thought it would be funny to chase this rooster and scare it. That old rooster turned the tables on Dana. Roosters are not friendly little creatures, and unlike wild birds, they do not fly away when confronted. I was laughing the minute Dana’s grandmother and uncle started telling me the story because I knew where it was going.”

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Although White’s mother admitted to having laughed hard while talking about it, she recalled her own experience with poultry. Furthermore, she wrote, “The rooster that Dana thought he was going to terrorize went at him instead, and that rooster chased Dana all over the place. From that day on, every time the rooster spotted Dana outside, the bird would go after him and Dana would take off running, terrified. His uncle and grandmother told everyone the story of big bad Dana and the rooster who terrorized him, and they could not stop laughing every time theory told someone new the story. They said it was one of the funniest things they had ever seen.”

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Krushna Prasad Pattnaik

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Krushna Pattnaik is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Coming from a pharmaceutical background with a master's degree in the same and multiple scientific publications, his passion for combat sports and writing brought him to EssentiallySports, where both of his passions met in a beautiful collaboration. He is an instrumentalist and has a profound love for books.

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