“Dana White Hates That Movie” – MCU Star Reveals His 12-Year-Old MMA Flick the UFC President Hates

Published 05/23/2023, 7:37 AM EDT

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Being the president of the biggest MMA promotion in the world, one would expect Dana White to be a fan of MMA-themed movies. However, that could not be farther from the truth. Apparently, the UFC head honcho hates the one MMA movie that tops the list in that category for many fans.

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In a recent interview, Hollywood actor Frank Grillo revealed that the UFC president hated an MMA flick he was a part of. The movie was called ‘Warrior’ (2011) and starred Hollywood heavyweights like Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte, and Joel Edgerton in the lead roles.

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A gritty and emotional drama of two brothers set against the backdrop of an MMA tournament, ‘Warrior’ is a top recommendation as an MMA movie by many. However, Grillo stated that White absolutely hated the film. The MCU star also revealed the reason behind White’s dislike for the action flick.

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Why does Dana White hate ‘Warrior’?

Dana White is actually a fan of movies centered around combat sports. The 53-year-old has even publicly admitted his love for the ‘Rocky’ movies. In fact, when Conor McGregor lost to Dustin Poirier at UFC 257, White even compared the situation to Rocky III.

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The same Dana White who loves the boxing-centric classics hated ‘Warrior.’ Grillo said during the interview, “Dana White hates that movie. He hates it. Because he feels like it’s not a good representation of fighters.”

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He added, “I did a show. A TV series called ‘Kingdom.’ He came to the set. He loved that because we kind of made that real. We kind of made it like the UFC, but Dana White hates ‘Warrior.'”

Grillo also added that the movie got recognition much later as there was no proper marketing done at the time of its release. Both Hardy and Edgerton were relatively unknown at the time and the sport of MMA wasn’t mainstream either, Grillo added. He also mentioned that the poster for the film looked like an actual fight poster.

Have you seen ‘Warrior’? Did you like it? What are some top MMA-themed movies in your opinion?

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Yeswanth Praveen is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports, having written over 500 articles on the sport. With a Master’s degree in English Literature, Yeswanth expertly combines his writing and storytelling skills with his passion for MMA. He was initially drawn to the sport after the intense rivalry between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov captured his attention.
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