Dana White will have surgery Thursday in Los Angeles to treat a recently diagnosed case of Ménière's disease. The UFC president missed the promotion's Tuesday fight card at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. – the first event he's missed since he and partners Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta purchased the company in January 2001.

White revealed the news via Twitter prior to the fights.

“First fight I will miss in 11 years and it is killing me,” White said. “I have to have surgery in L.A. tomorrow or trust me I would be [there].”

In April, he flew from Brazil on a Friday to attend a card in Stockholm, Sweden on Saturday.

White told Yahoo! Sports that he has been suffering from symptoms for several months. At the post-fight news conference following UFC 141 in December, White ended the proceedings early. He said Tuesday the reason is that he was dizzy and felt he was going to pass out.

"I was on vacation in Fiji and it really started," White said. "Then, you remember that press conference [after UFC 141] where I was holding the podium? I was feeling terrible and things were spinning around."

White said he was meeting with the Fertittas at the Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas on Tuesday evening when he was afflicted badly. He was removed from the casino in a wheelchair, he said.

According to Yahoo! Health, Ménière's disease is a condition when fluid in the inner ear gets too high, and it can affect balance and hearing. Symptoms of Ménière's include tinnitus, hearing loss, vertigo, vomiting or nausea and a feeling of increased pressure in the ear. Surgery brings with it a risk of hearing loss, according to WebMD.

White said he is hopeful he'll be cured, but said "it totally sucks" missing the fight. He said he's been told he'll be unable to walk for about a week after the surgery.

"You know me and you know how I love to be at the fights, but I can't," White said. "If it were possible for me in any way, I'd be there. But I can't. I'm having fun [Tweeting] with the fans and watching on TV."

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Celtics know they're in for a fight after Sixers even series | Photos
Video: Little League umpire's hilarious over-the-top call
Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has bad experience with 'Hot Stuff' ointment
Y! News: Hole-in-one contest winner cheated of $18K prize

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Yahoo Sports: Fabricio Hopes to Shock the World… Again

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

Fabricio Werdum has been down this path before. But can he "shock the world" against Cain Velasquez the same way he did with Fedor Emelianenko? read news >>

Fabricio Werdum hopes to shock the world %26#x2026; again (Yahoo Sports)

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

The interim heavyweight champ is a 5-1 underdog against Cain Velasquez, but that's a position he's won from before. read news >>

Fabricio Werdum hopes to shock the world %26#x2026; again (Yahoo Sports)

  • 23 days ago
  • 0 views

The interim heavyweight champ is a 5-1 underdog against Cain Velasquez, but that's a position he's won from before. read news >>

Ben Rothwell blasts Dana White: 'UFC doesn't give a sh-t about me'

  • 23 days ago
  • 17 views

"Big Ben" spitting that fire again! With Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) putting on a record number of shows every year, it's hard for Dana White to attend every single one of them like he was a read news >>

Ben Rothwell tries to get Dana White's attention: 'UFC kind of doesn't give a s--- about me'

  • 24 days ago
  • 31 views

Ben Rothwell's evening at UFC Fight Night 68 could scarcely have gone better. The heavyweight contender turned heads with a Darth Vader-like walkout; dazzled in the Octagon with a quick submission of read news >>

Gilbert Melendez may be a veteran fighter, but he%26#x2019;s far from finished (Yahoo Sports)

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

From Yahoo Sports: Melendez, 33, takes on Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188 on Saturday to prove he’s still got it. read news >>

Gilbert Melendez may be a veteran fighter, but he%26#x2019;s far from finished (Yahoo Sports)

  • 24 days ago
  • 0 views

From Yahoo Sports: Melendez, 33, takes on Eddie Alvarez at UFC 188 on Saturday to prove he’s still got it. read news >>

Cain Velasquez could be the UFC's greatest %26#x2026; could be (Yahoo Sports)

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

The 32-year-old has established himself as a brilliant heavyweight, when he's healthy, and that's the problem. read news >>

Cain Velasquez could be the UFC's greatest %26#x2026; could be (Yahoo Sports)

  • 26 days ago
  • 0 views

The 32-year-old has established himself as a brilliant heavyweight, when he's healthy, and that's the problem. read news >>

Video: After new drug test policy, Dana White & Lorenzo Fertitta willing to be tested too

  • 28 days ago
  • 48 views

Dana White and Lorenzo Fertitta were asked if they were also going to be drug tested. The UFC unveiled a new drug testing policy where they will now be working with the USADA, and with this they anno read news >>