UFC president Dana White at UFC 146UFC president Dana White is not a man who lives with regret.

Through more than a decade of building and cultivating the UFC, White has remained the figurehead and leader of the business that has seen mixed martial arts hit new heights never before imagined when the sport first landed on television screens in 1993.

White has had his fair share of tumultuous relationships over the years: very public feuds with employees like Tito Ortiz and B.J. Penn, a longstanding pursuit of former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko and the inside dealings with his management team, and even bridges burnt and rebuilt with promotions and several promoters.

When asked, however, if he had any regrets through his time spent with the UFC, White could only point to one time where he made a major mistake and it still haunts him to this day.

In April 2009 in response to a story written by Loretta Hunt published on Sherdog.com, White went on an expletive filled tirade aimed at the reporter and her story, which claimed some managers had been barred from receiving UFC credentials and access to the backstage area.

White vehemently denied the validity of the story, while attacking the nameless sources used in the article stating, “Any (expletive) guy who won’t put his name on it, first of all whoever gave you that quote is a (expletive) and a (expletive) (expletive) and a (expletive) liar.”

Many of those expletives are commonly called the ‘F’ word, but on that day, White chose to mix in a homophobic slur, which caused an immediate backlash from the gay and lesbian community including a statement from GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) asking for a public apology from the UFC president.

White quickly responded and apologized for his expletive laced tirade, but directed his biggest “I’m sorry” towards the gay community, after using the homophobic and painful remark.

“As far as the gay and lesbian community, my comments were not directed toward them. I have no problem with the gay and lesbian community. I’m actually a supporter of many of their issues,” White said after the original video with his rant was deleted.

“The last thing that I would ever want anybody to think about me, or think is cool, is to go out and attack somebody because of their sexual orientation. That was not my intention. That’s not the way I said it. I apologize for anybody that I’ve offended or hurt.”

Now, more than three years later, in the whole scope of business dealings, fighter relations and other situations, White still looks back on that one lapse in judgment as the biggest mistake he’s made since being with the UFC.

“You guys have to understand this, but this is the way I am. I have no regrets. The only thing that I regret is in that video blog when I used the F word,” White said when speaking to Fuel TV on Tuesday.

“That’s the only thing throughout the 12 years of running the UFC. The way I came off in that thing, people still think I’m some kind of homophobe, and I’m not. That still bothers me.”

It was uncomfortable and unbelievably poor judgment to use that language, but White is still paying for it today, and if there were one thing he could take back or change, it wouldn’t be signing a fighter he missed out on or not having a public feud with a rival – it would be saying words that cut deeper than any punch, kick or elbow thrown inside the Octagon.

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Why Anthony Johnson isn’t Fighting Jon Jones at UFC 197?

  • 28 days ago
  • 102 views

Why didn't Anthony "Rumble" Johnson get the call to fight Jon Jones at UFC 197? UFC president Dana White explains. read news >>

Dana White Lookin’ for a Fight, Episode 4: UFC Boy Band, Snowboarding, and Prospects Found

  • 28 days ago
  • 24 views

During episode 4 of Looking' for a Fight, UFC president Dana White, former champion Matt Serra and Nick "The Tooth" head to Minneapolis to scout a heavyweight prospect. read news >>

'Dana White: Lookin' for a Fight,' episode 4 with discovery of UFC 197's Cody East

  • 27 days ago
  • 8 views

“Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight” is back with its fourth episode, which can now be watched in its entirety.Filed under: News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Amanda Nunes challenges Miesha Tate for women's bantamweight title at UFC 200

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

Dana White said we might get a women’s title fight at UFC 200, and now we have one. Miesha Tate will defend her bantamweight title for the first time when she meets Amanda Nunes. Filed under: Feature read news >>

RFA 37 Results and Highlights: Leandro Higo and Devin Clark Take the Gold

  • 17 days ago
  • 63 views

With UFC President Dana White in attendance, Resurrection Fighting Alliance put on one of its most exciting shows ever as RFA 37 delivered six stunning finishes. read news >>

RFA 37 highlights: It was 'insanity – the whole night,' and here's why (clue: Dana White)

  • 17 days ago
  • 778 views

Friday’s RFA 37 event produced a night of knockouts and submissions. It was also an unofficial tryout for UFC contracts thanks to one special guest.Filed under: AXS TV Fights, Featured Videos, News, read news >>

Dana White on Glover Teixeira's callout of Anthony Johnson: 'I like that fight'

  • 16 days ago
  • 6 views

Glover Teixeira called out Anthony Johnson following his knockout of Rashad Evans at UFC on FOX 19. It appears he might get his wish.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

UFC on FOX 19 Video: Dana White Backstage Interview

  • 16 days ago
  • 29 views

UFC president Dana White talks about the UFC on FOX 19 main event and co-main event bouts shortly after they happened backstage at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla. on Saturday. read news >>

Dana White: ‘I Think Rashad Evans is Probably Going to Retire’

  • 15 days ago
  • 77 views

Former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans faces some tough questions looking ahead after suffering his second consecutive loss on Saturday. read news >>

Dana White says Rose Namajunas needs another 'fight or 2' before next title shot

  • 15 days ago
  • 18 views

Pump the brakes on rushing to declare Rose Namajunas as No. 1 contender in the UFC strawweight division following her victory over Tecia Torres this past Saturday at UFC on FOX 19.Filed under: News, read news >>