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Midnight Mania! ‘UFC founder’ Dana White talks UFC success: ‘We don’t do anything woke over here’

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UFC President Dana White has made it clear where his political beliefs lie. Back in both 2016 and 2020, White spoke on behalf of former president Donald Trump at the Republican National Convention, and their ties actually go further back. In the early 2000s when UFC was widely illegal in the US, the promotion found a home in Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In addition, some UFC fighters have helped campaign for the 45th president.

Donald Trump was in attendance at UFC 287 just over a week ago.

On Sunday (April 16, 2023), White appeared on the Fox News program “Unfiltered With Dan Bongino” to discuss the business. One of the major themes of the interview was UFC’s success during COVID-19 and general refusal to bow down to “woke” culture.

White explained, “When all the COVID bans were being lifted, it grew our business, I don’t know, like 70% or something like that, because we were the only thing to watch. And yes, We don’t do anything woke over here at all.”

The clip and quote above spread far and wide online in short fashion, particularly since the Fox News wrongly credited White as the UFC’s ‘founder’ in their tweet. Now, it’s highly up for debate what exactly constitutes being “woke” in today’s day and age, but quite a few fans online brought up UFC’s willingness to promote Pride Month and it’s LGTQ+ athletes with specific merchandise as a counter example.

Unfortunately, UFC’s special rainbow-colored fight kits for Pride Month last year did result in some pretty ugly reactions, so maybe White sees that as a lesson learned. What’s your take on UFC’s relative wokeness?


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