GQ Magazine has rated UFC president Dana White (pictured) at #8 on their “Sleaziest in Sports” list. Despite the unsavory label, White couldn’t care less what any keyboard warrior writes about him.
So, what exactly did GQ have to say about MMA’s head honcho?
“Turns out underpaying your UFC employees, bullying rivals, and generally impersonating Don King as a bald white guy doesn’t do wonders for your charisma!” White’s caption read.
White comes in one spot behind War Machine, who is currently behind bars for allegedly beating pornstar girlfriend Christy Mack, and one slot ahead of Lance Armstrong, arguably the world’s most notorious PED abuser.
“You’re never going to be able to stop what people say about you, and everybody isn’t going to love you,” White told UFC.com. “But I don’t take offense to anything. When you’re in a public position like this you’re always going to have people say things about you. Believe me, if I worried about everything that was said about me, I would have been a mess a long time ago. That kind of stuff doesn’t bother me at all, not even a little bit.”
“It was definitely written by someone who is uneducated about the sport. I’m sandwiched between War Machine and Lance Armstrong. The thing that’s unfortunate is that it’s unfair for the UFC as a brand. UFC pays its fighters very well.”
As far as not paying his athletes what others think he should, White takes pride in offering fighters an opportunity to provide for their families. The UFC was a sinking ship before White convinced Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta to invest their money into the promotion in 2001, and now the octagon is raking in money on several countries.
“Hopefully a fighter can break into the top 10, maybe gain sponsors – the list goes on and on. There are a lot of great things that go on here,” he said. “The Fertitta brothers invested the money to build this thing and make the sport what it is today. They gave everybody the opportunity – from me to you to the fighters and lots of other people.”
1. Donald Sterling
2. Aaron Hernandez
3. Sepp Blatter
4. Isiah Thomas
5. Chad Curtis
6. Tiki Barber
7. War Machine
8. Dana White
9. Lance Armstrong
10. Bobby Petrino