“Why Do We Need to Go to College?”- Dana White Says His Kids Have Him Cornered

Published 11/27/2021, 10:57 AM EST
GLENDALE, AZ – JUNE 12: Dana White meets with the press following UFC 263 on June 12, 2021, at Gila River Arena in Glendale, AZ. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)


Dana White is one of the most recognizable faces in the combat sports world. He is the president of the biggest and the most famous mixed martial arts promotion, UFC. White has an estimated net worth of $500 million right now.

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White is one of the biggest examples of not having to go to college to be successful. He started college twice, once at Quincy College and once at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, but dropped out from both of them. According to him, his kids still give him a hard time when it comes to that.

In a recent interview, White was asked what was it about college that didn’t work out. He said, “My kids keep throwing that one in my face, saying, you didn’t go to college. Why do we need to go to college? I think the key to everything in life is knowing who you are and what you want to do. I was very lucky that I knew exactly what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be.”

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According to him, he just loved the sport and got lucky. He said, “I Love the fight game, so you don’t go to college for that. There’s a different route you have to take. I took that route and I got lucky, and here I am.”

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Dana White’s legacy

Dana White‘s journey has been nothing short of incredible. He began as a bellboy, became a boxercise coach, and later went on to become the president of the UFC. He was born in Boston but left for Las Vegas after being threatened by a mobster. With the help of his friend Lorenzo Fertitta and his brother Frank Fertitta, he purchased the UFC.

After buying the promotion for $2 million, and initially struggling to generate revenue, they sold the company in 2016 for $4 billion. However, White is still the President, and he owns a significant part of the UFC now.

Dana White, on how they got the company to where it is now, said, “A lot of hard work, a lot of grinding, a lot of believing and investing. We bought it for $2 million and then you talk about $4 billion, which sounds great. But in between the $2 million and the $4 billion, we invested something like $44 million into it.”

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“We didn’t get a return till 2006. You had to believe that this was going to go in the right direction, and there was obviously a lot of scary moments. We fought through it, believed in the sport and here we are today,” he added.

Dana White is one of the sharpest minds in the business and has grown the whole sport and not just the UFC.

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What do you think of his journey? Let us know in the comments!

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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