‘Hiding in My House for Year and a Half?’- Dana White Explains His Tough Decisions During Lockdown

Published 06/24/2021, 12:19 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 17: UFC president Dana White interacts with media during the UFC Fight Night press conference at UFC APEX on September 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)


The UFC was the first mainstream sport to be back during the lockdown restrictions related to COVID-19. President Dana White deserves every bit of credit for providing fans with the needed entertainment during the toughest of times.

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The UFC hosted shows not only in the USA, but also in Abu Dhabi, having fights in UFC Fight Island during the process. “Yeah, so probably for like, one day, so every day, I would come in here, and we would get something done and set up. It’s not even an exaggeration, this is the truth. By the time I would drive home, I live 15-20 minutes from here,” said White.

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: UFC President Dana White looks on during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

My lawyer would call me and say everything fu*king blew up while you were driving home. It’s all fell apart. I’m like, This is crazy. And I was sitting out my backyard and sitting there for like three and a half seconds. I was like, Am I fu*king wrong here? Am I Is this the wrong idea? And I was like, No, no, it’s absolutely not the wrong idea. We’re gonna go. And that was that,” he added further.

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“That was literally the only doubt I had through the whole thing. I could never wrap my head around. Hiding in my house for a year and a half? That just doesn’t make sense to me,” said the UFC President.

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Dana White says he couldn’t accept the idea of letting his employees go

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White has always had a personal relationship with his employees. They have all been part of the company for a considerable amount of time. And according to the UFC President, the thought of letting it all go and shutting the company down during the pandemic was an unacceptable idea for him.

CHICAGO, IL – JANUARY 24: UFC President Dana White interacts with media during the UFC on FOX press conference on January 24, 2013 at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

So, he had to find a way to continue the promotion. Needless to mention, he certainly managed a way to do so. Nevertheless, fans will be expecting bigger things from the company and its president in the coming years.

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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