“Rest in Peace Legend” – Dana White’s Generosity for Stage 4 Rectal Cancer Patient at UFC 281 Leaves Fans Emotional

Published 12/28/2023, 8:28 AM EST

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The head honcho of the UFC has been enjoying a fantastic year, with back-to-back successful UFC events. Dana White is content with the approach his business has taken. The CEO is usually engrossed in business affairs and stays busy with work. However, there’s an uncommon side of White that is unknown to the world. The UFC CEO has always kept silent about his good deeds. Recently, we learned about one such act of kindness by White.

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Dana White’s compassionate gestures ar͏e frequently overshadowed by his controversial decisions, but a recen͏t revelation by a ͏fan highlights the UFC head’s genuine concern for ͏his supporters. Let us dig in to understand how White helped ͏a fan suffering from cancer.

Dana White’s hidden act of kindness came to light


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Everyone is aware that Dana White is stringent when it comes to his business decisions. However, there have been instances where even the CEO had to soften his stance to assist someone, and the same scenario unfolded with one of the UFC fans. A year ago, Dana White fulfilled one of the fan’s last wishes, allowing them to witness a live UFC event.

Approximately a year ago, Dana White encountered a fan who was grappling with the life-threatening Stage 4 rectal cancer. Upon meeting the fan, White was deeply moved by the pain that the man had to endure during his battle with cancer. The man professed his profound love for MMA, and upon hearing this, White extended an invitation for him to be a special guest at the UFC 281 event.


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The fan, before passing away from cancer, narrated the entire story on his Reddit page. He wrote, “Well, they asked if I would like to be a guest to UFC 281 at MSG and of course I anxiously said yes. There was only one problem, my health. For those of you who don’t know, I’m 35 and have stage been fighting stage 4 rectal cancer for 7 years. After UFC Long Island my health began deteriorating QUICKLY. My chemo stopped working and my lungs began to be covered in tumors which caused so many problems. I now had a goal… make it to 281 by any means necessary.”

In his Reddit͏ post, he went on to share that despite facing several challenges, he ultimately managed͏ to make it to the event͏. Unfortunately, we mourn the loss of the soldier on December 27, 2022.

Fans react to White’s caring gesture

Dana White’s gesture made the fans emotional. Fans flooded Reddit to express their opinion. Some of the comments by the fans are as follows:-

This user wished for the deceased soul to rest in peace.

“Rest in peace legend.”

One user seemed annoyed with how cancer wrecks havoc in people’s lives.

“FUCK CANCER. Rip homie”

An user expressed his love for the man.

“Mad love to this man and this experience in his final days”

Another user addressed the departed soul as a “legend”.

“RIP to a legend. More than just a fight fan, he was clearly a fighter himself to the core. Fuck cancer.”

This user expressed a personal opinion.


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“the love they showed Jason in the weeks leading up to the event were priceless. That event truly kept him fighting.”

One user feels that his death would leave a void.

“Jason was one of a kind. His death leaves such a void in our lives.”


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The fans’ emotional ͏response ͏to ͏the story indicates͏ a deep connection.͏ They vehemently conde͏mned cancer as the cause of death and wholeheartedly praised Dana White for his gest͏ure. However, what is you͏r opinion on Dana White’s gesture? Feel free to sha͏re your thoughts in the comments below.

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Written by:

Suryakant Das


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I'm Suryakant Das, an avid sports enthusiast from a family that cherishes the world of sports. I still vividly recall the day my father took me to watch Indian wrestling, sparking my fascination with the discipline and the aura of those warriors. Over time, my love for combat sports grew, and now, I'm a UFC writer at EssentiallySports.
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Debmallya Chakraborty




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