Dana White on Possibly Losing UFC Fans to Donald Trump Friendship

Dana White and Donald Trump

Getty UFC President Dana White greets President Donald Trump on stage during a Keep America Great rally on February 20, 2020 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Last week, UFC president Dana White spoke at President Donald Trump’s Rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., He spoke mostly about his friendship with Trump, and he ended his speech by saying, “Trump’s a fighter. He loves this country. He’s doing great things for this country, and we got to win this election again, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you.”

TMZ recently asked White if he was worried about losing UFC viewers because of his public friendship with the U.S. President.

Here is the video of the interview:

Dana White 'Doesn't Give a S**t' If He Loses UFC Fans Over Trump Friendship | TMZ SportsDana White says he could "give a s**t" if MMA fans bail on UFC over his friendship with President Trump … telling TMZ Sports, "That's your problem, not mine." SUBSCRIBE — tmz.me/j0hSW37 About TMZ Sports: Some of the best stories in sports have been off the field and we’re reporting on athletes from NFL, NBA,…2020-02-28T14:26:09.000Z

When the TMZ reporter asked White if he was worried about losing viewers because of his relationship with Trump, White said, “I can give a s**t. I don’t give a s**t. If you don’t like me because I’m friends with this guy, that’s your problem not mine.”

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Dana White & Donald Trump Have Known Each Other for Decades

White’s speech at Trump’s rally in Colorado Springs on February 20 was mostly about his relationship with the U.S. President.

White told the President’s supporters that he and Trump have known each other for 20 years and that they have become even better friends since Trump assumed office. White said, “This guy is so loyal and such a good friend.”

The UFC president also said, “I see a lot of things from Mr. Trump that the public doesn’t see. And the people who surround me every day see how this man treats me as a friend and other people he’s friends with.”

Donald Trump Has Had Relations With the UFC For a Long Time

Trump has a long history with the UFC. Back in 2000 and 2001, he allowed the UFC to have events at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City multiple times. This was before the promotion was allowed in venues in Las Vegas. 

UFC 28, 30 and 31 all used the Trump Taj Mahal as a venue, and this acceptance by Trump is viewed by many as an essential stepping stone in growing the promotion and the sport of MMA. The UFC became more legitimized when the Trump Taj Mahal was used for these events. 

A few months after UFC 31, which took place in May 2001, the UFC was finally able to run an event in Las Vegas. The promotion’s first fight card took place at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. After that first event, Las Vegas became the UFC’s capital for events. 

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