Donald Trump Wants UFC Boss Dana White to Speak at Republican National Convention

By Tristen Critchfield Jun 11, 2016
Donald Trump would like UFC President Dana White to speak at the Republican National Convention next month.

According to a report from the New York Times, the presidential candidate expressed a desire at a rally on Friday to have a variety of sports figures appear at the GOP Convention, which is set to take place from July 18 to July 21 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

“Dana White, you know Dana White?” Trump asked the crowd. “U.F.C. Guy’s a champion. These are champions.”

In addition to White, Trump mentioned the likes of former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight, NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger and chief NASCAR executive Brian France among those who have supported his campaign.

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“We’re going to do it a little different, if it’s O.K.,” Trump said of his plans to change the format of the Republican National Convention. “I’m thinking about getting some of the great sports people who like me a lot.”

In most cases, other politicians would address the crowd at such an event, but Trump alluded to wanting to have a “winner’s evening” instead of spotlighting “these people, these politicians who are going to get up and speak and speak and speak.”

Late last year, White confirmed to TMZ Sports that Trump would get his vote in the next election while outlining a history that dates back to the UFC’s formative years.

“Yeah, Donald Trump, when we bought this business, it was banned in most states. It wasn't supported by the athletic commissions and no arenas wanted this thing. Donald Trump was the first one to have us come out at the Trump Taj Mahal,” White said. “Not only did we host the events there, but he actually showed up and supported the events. You'll never hear me say a negative thing about Donald Trump.

“And you know what? When we did our big Fox deal, there was a big write-up in the New York Times, on the front page. On the front page, he wrote, 'Congratulations, Dana. I always knew you were going to do it,' and he sent the front page to me. Me and Donald are cool.”

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