‘I’ve Done It All and Seen It All’- Dana White Opens up on Retirement Plans

Published 05/15/2021, 1:23 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 20: UFC President Dana White interacts with the media during the UFC 197 on-sale press conference event inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino on January 20, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC president Dana White has been a part of the sport for as far as anyone can remember. The American has been integral to the rise of the UFC and brought it up to the high standards it’s at today. However, at 51, he’s not getting any younger, and he is starting to face questions most of his fighters dread being asked.

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He sat down in an interview with Jake Asman for his show of the same name for YouTube. He talked about some upcoming UFC events and how the heavyweight title picture was building up with the unpredictability of Jon Jones in the mix.

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Asman asked him if he ever thought of retiring, and White was swift in refuting any rumors. “I love this sport, and I love this company. I love all the people that I’m working with every day,” he said. He was quick to dispel any notions of unhappiness and continued explaining his lifestyle.

I can’t imagine doing anything else,” he added. White explained that retirement talk was absurd but understandable. However, he revealed that when a person starts getting closer to retirement, there’s only so many trips he could go on, and material objects seem to lose their value.

Dana White is not concerned with material wealth anymore

“All that stuff, it’s fun, especially in the beginning, but I’ve done it all and seen it all, and I bought everything that I wanted to buy,” he explained. He surely has seen it all in the 20 years that he has given to the UFC.

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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – MARCH 20: UFC President Dana White speaks to the media during the UFC 189 World Media Tour Launch press conference at Maracanazinho on March 20, 2015, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

“I love what I do. This is what I love to do. So, I couldn’t imagine not doing it,” White concluded. He also added that he would be lost without the UFC and that he would go crazy. UFC is a big part of his routine and defines his lifestyle.

It has all worked out really well for him too. He is one of the most respected people on the planet, and while there might be some issues of fighter pay, he does treat the fighters reasonably well. White is adored by most MMA fans and holds a big place in the industry. His retirement would be a sad day for every MMA fan around the world.

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Aniket Awasthi

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Aniket Awasthi is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. This STEM undergraduate combines an insatiable urge to write with his admiration for MMA and the UFC in general to enhance his journalism. He calls charismatic names like Chael Sonnen and 'The Count' Michael Bisping as his favorite fighters, but he is a great admirer of the rise of Israel Adesanya ever since he fought Rob Wilkinson at UFC 221.

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