‘He’s a Great Guy to Have as Our Leader’- Colby Covington Lauds Dana White for “Letting Fighters be Free” to Express Themselves in UFC

Published 08/15/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
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)


UFC welterweight Colby Covington sat down with Lara Trump at ‘The Right View’ to talk about his upcoming fight. Covington rematches Kamaru Usman for UFC gold at UFC 268 taking place in Madison Square Garden. He went over his preparation for the bout and also talked about other aspects related to the company, including Dana White.

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Covington was asked to opine on what UFC President Dana White has managed to do for the UFC during the pandemic era. The long-time boss of the organization made sure the UFC was the first show back in town and also never fired any of his employees. These actions by White left a lasting impression on everyone, including Colby Covington.

NEWARK, NJ – AUGUST 03: Colby Covington battles Robbie Lawler in their welterweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at the Prudential Center on August 3, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“He’s [Dana White] a great guy to have as our leader, running the organization. He’s not muzzling anybody. Not telling anybody what they can say. Not like in the NFL or NBA where they have owners that they have to report to and they have to follow their agenda”

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“If they don’t say the right things, they’re going to get canceled, or they’re not going to get a starting spot or they’re going to lose endorsement deals which is even worse. Dana’s done a great job of just letting the fighters be free and decide which way they want to go, what narrative they want to speak.”

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Chiefly, it’s noteworthy that Colby Covington has so many good things to say about the UFC President. Not too long ago, ‘Chaos’ used to troll Dana White by calling him ‘Uncle Fester’ publicly. In turn, White wasn’t particularly fond of the Oregon native.

However, it seems as though both men have successfully patched up their relationship since then.

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Dana White: Making an impact

Even White’s biggest detractors will have a hard time faulting him for the way he brought profits to the company in 2020. He made sure to deliver the fights that fans wanted to see on a consistent basis and it’s hard to fault him for his efforts.

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Moreover, his venture with Abu Dhabi’s ‘Fight Island’ was a massive success and fans continue to rave about it to date. The MMA world can’t wait to see what Dana White has in store as the calendar closes in on 2022.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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