UFC President Dana White to Speak on Second Night of Republican National Convention

By Tristen Critchfield Jul 14, 2016
UFC President Dana White has been confirmed as a speaker on the second night of the Republican National Convention, according to a report from the New York Times.

Earlier this summer, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump expressed a desire to have White speak at the GOP Convention, which will take place from July 18 to July 21 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

“Dana White, you know Dana White?” Trump asked at a rally in June. “U.F.C Guy’s a champion. These are champions.”

White joins an eclectic list of speakers that includes former Heisman trophy winner Tim Tebow and professional golfer Natalie Gulbis. White is on the record as a Trump supporter, as the UFC President revealed to TMZ Sports last year.

“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.”

The UFC was recently sold to the William Morris Endeavor and International Management Group (WME-IMG) for $4 billion. White cashed out his nine percent ownership stake for approximately $360 million dollars, but he reportedly signed a five-year contract to remain with the company as UFC President.

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