Dana White doesn’t mind being called a “sleazebag.” Just don’t say he underpays his fighters. | Dave Mandel/Sherdog.com
Dana White is accustomed to being in the news. As the head of the most recognizable fight promotion in the world, it comes with the territory.
Not everything written about the UFC President is positive. Case in point: The September issue of Gentleman’s Quarterly lists White as No. 8 among “The 25 Biggest Sleazebags in Sports,” placing him just behind War Machine and just ahead of Lance Armstrong.
The GQ description of White, via MMAFighting.com, is as follows:
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 addressed his inclusion in the list with UFC.com on Thursday. Those expecting a vintage rant are probably going to be disappointed.
“You’re never going to be able to stop what people say about you, and everybody isn’t going to love you,” White said. “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.”
While White has no issues with what GQ says about him personally, he isn’t especially pleased with the magazine’s claims that the Las Vegas-based promotion doesn’t provide adequate compensation to its employees.
“It was definitely written by someone who is uneducated about the sport. I’m sandwiched between War Machine and Lance Armstrong,” White said. “The thing that’s unfortunate is that it’s unfair for the UFC as a brand. UFC pays its fighters very well."