‘She is Obsessed With UFC’- Dana White Reveals How Halle Berry and Valentina Shevchenko Became Best Friends

Published 06/25/2021, 11:32 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 23: UFC president Dana White interacts with fans and media during the UFC press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 23, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


UFC President Dana White recently sat down for a candid chat with BroBible. Among many things discussed was how celebrities are getting involved in the UFC.

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Many mainstream sports stars and pillars of the entertainment world have been massive followers of the UFC. White opened up on that.

Two notable big-name UFC fans are NFL star Tom Brady and actress Halle Berry. “Yeah, Brady and I talk, you know, at least once a week. We’ve been friends for a while and I’m a huge, massive Brady fan. And a Patriots fan. And now a Bucs fan.

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“So yeah, yeah, the celebrity thing is as been has been a fun part of you know, a lot of these celebrities become absolutely addicted to the sport,” said White.

You know, a lot of these guys train in jujitsu or Muay Thai or whatever it is, and you know, Halle Berry. I mean, Halle Berry has got to be the last person on earth you would expect to be a huge UFC fan. She is obsessed with UFC, her and Valentina Shevchenko have become super close,” he added.

You know, I think they talk all the time and Halle will hit me up, the day of Shevchenko’s fight telling me how nervous she is. Whatever last time Shevchenko won  I faceTimed Halle and brought it back to her in the in the medical tense. So yeah, it’s it’s fun,White said further.

Shevchenko is one of the greatest female athletes in the history of the UFC. She is the current holder of the flyweight championship of the world. Berry is undoubtedly one of the most followed celebrities in the world. So, it’s a crossover that fans cherish for sure.

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Will Dana White ever let celebrities fight in the UFC?

The chances of celebrities ever stepping foot in the Octagon are slim to none. It needs a lifetime of dedication and hard work to be on a platform like the UFC. However, fans have also seen the likes of CM Punk fighting inside the Octagon.

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)

With a promotion like UFC, nothing is ever off the table. So, what happens in the future is something that remains to be seen. But super fans like Halle Berry only escalate the company’s status.

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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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