‘I Did Not Want to Work for Other People’- UFC President Dana White Reveals Why He Became an Entrepreneur

Published 09/07/2021, 2:04 PM EDT
SHENZHEN, CHINA – AUGUST 31: UFC President Dana White attends the press conference after the UFC Fight Night event at Shenzhen Universiade Sports Centre on August 31, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Photo by Zhe Ji/Getty Images)


UFC President Dana White is hands down one of the biggest entrepreneurs in the world today. He has taken the organization to unprecedented heights. The sport of MMA, in general, is now popular like never before, mostly because of the UFC.

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In a recent interview, White talked about the business side of things and how he reached such heights. He is a hard worker through and through. White believes this is the base of any entrepreneur, as without hard work it is impossible for one to thrive as an independent businessman.

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Here’s the other thing. The other thing that you find out whether you are an entrepreneur or not. Listen, we are all different type of people. We are all built different. I found out at a really young age that I did not wanna work for other people.I wanted to work for myself. And obviously, there is a lot of things you have to have to work for yourself,” said White.

First of all, you gotta be a hard worker,” he added. “You gotta figure out early how you’re built and who you are. Everybody thinks you want to be an entrepreneur until you actually become one. It’s a lot of work,” White said further.

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Dana White is one of the biggest promoters in the world of sports

UFC is now competing with other mainstream sports. The popularity has gone through the roof over time. The emergence of a superstar like Conor McGregor during the last decade obviously helped in that. However, White and his relentless efforts were the major factors behind the growth of the company.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 09: Conor McGregor speaks with UFC President Dana White during a ceremonial weigh in for UFC 264 at T-Mobile Arena on July 09, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Also, the promotion recently opened a new performance institute in Mexico. The visuals of that have taken the fans aback. It is as good as one can imagine it to be and the facilities are beyond imagination. One can expect further developments in the coming years. Fans will certainly keep a close eye on what the promotion has to offer in the near future.

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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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