In honor of Thanksgiving, ESPN went to a number of celebraties and athletes to discuss their favorite Thanksgiving foods as well as share stories from the past. UFC President Dana White was one of those people and shared a story about an unexpected run-in with garlic mashed potatoes 15 years ago.
If you're cooking Thanksgiving dinner for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White this year, or any year for that matter, don't you even think of putting garlic in the man's mashed potatoes.
White is, and always has been, a huge fan of mashed potatoes. However, if you add garlic to the equation, the boss of the world's biggest mixed martial arts (MMA) organization becomes a firm detractor of the dish.
White, along with a number of other sports figures, talked to ESPN about their Thanksgiving plans and in his conversation, the UFC president recalled a story from 15 years ago when he was unpleasantly greeted with garlic in his potatoes.
"My sister, who married an Italian guy, put garlic in the mashed potatoes. I took a bite out of it and ugh! I hate garlic!" White told ESPN. "We got into a huge family blowout. It ruined my Thanksgiving. Don't ever put garlic in my mashed potatoes!"
For the holiday, White and his family will celebrate at their 100-acre property somewhere in Maine. White, plus over a dozen of his family members, take part in the tradition of riding snowmobiles and four-wheelers while using "every gun known to man."
White's favorite holiday food is mashed potatoes, and even though he could eat the meal any day of the year, he says there is something special about having them on Thanksgiving.
The lesson learned out of all of this? Don't put garlic anywhere near Dana White's potatoes.
If only his brother-in-law had known, and perhaps this huge family blowout could be avoided. With that in mind, what's your favorite Thanksgiving food? Do you have any outrageous holiday stories to share? If so, let us know in the comments section below.
Happy Thanksgiving, Maniacs.