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Dana White reveals that he moved date of son’s birth for Chuck Liddell’s fight

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Calendar Icon22 March 2024

When Dana White and the Fertitta brothers took over the UFC in 2001, the promotion was struggling, facing financial losses and bans in multiple states, including New York. The sport was often labeled as "violent" and "barbaric," epitomized by Senator John McCain's infamous description of MMA as "human cock-fighting." Events were held in community centers in lesser-known cities, reflecting the sport's marginalized status.

Fast forward to today, and MMA has become a mainstream phenomenon, ranking among the top four sports in America. Much of the credit for this transformation goes to Dana White and his team, who have tirelessly elevated the sport over the past two decades.

In a recent interview on the 'Pound 4 Pound Podcast' with former UFC champions Henry Cejudo and Kamaru Usman, Dana White shared shocking insights into his unwavering commitment to the UFC's success. When asked about rumors that he refused to attend weddings during the promotion's early days, White confirmed the policy, citing the immense time and effort required to build the business.

But White's dedication reached new heights when he revealed a startling sacrifice he made for a UFC event. On the same day his son, Aiden, was due to be born, there was a UFC event headlined by Chuck Liddell. Determined not to miss the event, White convinced his wife to undergo a C-section and reschedule the birth to avoid a clash with his professional commitments.

"My son Aiden, his due date was Chuck Liddell versus somebody. I moved the date of his birth for the Chuck Liddell fight," White admitted during the podcast, leaving Usman and Cejudo astonished at the extent of his devotion to the UFC.

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While White's dedication has undoubtedly played a significant role in the UFC's success, there are tensions brewing within the MMA community. Another influential figure, currently disgruntled with Dana White and the UFC, has contributed significantly to the sport's popularity and remains a central figure in ongoing discussions about its future.


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