CHICAGO – One would be hard-pressed to find someone as passionate about MMA as Dana White. But the UFC president’s original passion was boxing.

On Thursday, White’s love of that sport gets a public unveiling with the premiere of “The Fighters,” a new reality series on Discovery Channel produced by White and Craig Piligian, one of the longtime producers of UFC reality series “The Ultimate Fighter.”

“The Fighters” debuts Thursday at 9 p.m. ET with the first of an eight-episode run. The show will document the lives of amateur boxers from rival gyms in Boston’s “Southie” neighborhood as they train prior to fighting, hoping to build a path toward a pro career.

Following a private media screening of Thursday’s debut episode in Chicago, White discussed his history in boxing and why “The Fighters” is a labor of love for him – with the goal that maybe it could be the spark that reignites the flame for the sport in the city he once called home.

But he also talked about his original hope of becoming a fighter in Boston, a dream he abandoned when he said he came to the realization he might not have what it took to reach the next level.

“All I cared about was boxing,” White said. “It’s all I thought about. I was literally obsessed with it. I quit my job because I wanted to be in the fight business. At one point, I truly believed that I wanted to be a fighter. And then one day, you realize that you’re not that guy. I wasn’t good enough to be a fighter. I didn’t have what it took. Mentally and emotionally, I feel like I wanted it worse than anybody. But then the day comes when you come to reality that you don’t have it.”

And so with that, White turned to training and running his own gyms, then to managing fighters, and the rest, as they say, is history, at least as far as the UFC is concerned.

In the video above, listen to White talk about his background in boxing, quitting a high-paying job to pursue his love of the sport and the time he nearly boxed former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz.

White is in Chicago for Saturday’s UFC on FOX 10. For the latest on UFC on FOX 10, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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

Related News

'Real journey' to begin for Alvarez at UFC 205

  • 29 days ago
  • 0 views

Eddie Alvarez says the real journey of his career will begin this Saturday, when he takes on Conor McGregor for the lightweight title at UFC 205 in New York City at Madison Square Garden. read news >>

UFC Won't Find New Opponent for Tim Kennedy, Shuffles Fight Schedule | MMAWeekly.com

  • 28 days ago
  • 17 views

With Rashad Evans not granted a license to fight at UFC 205 due to concerns about a medical issue, Tim Kennedy will also be pulled from the fight card. read news >>

UFC Strawweight Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk Discusses Her New Camp and UFC 205

  • 27 days ago
  • 4 views

UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has been the picture of dominance in her six UFC outings. Aside from a contentious split decision over Claudia Gadelha in her second fight with the promoti read news >>

UFC 100, UFC 200 and now UFC 205? Jim Miller discusses his special place in MMA history

  • 26 days ago
  • 4 views

NEW YORK – Jim Miller sure seems to find himself in the right place at the right time.Filed under: Featured Videos, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Alvarez vs. McGregor: Career Stats, Highlights for Both Before UFC 205

  • 26 days ago
  • 29 views

Conor McGregor has the opportunity to send his already notorious legacy into orbit on Saturday, November 12, when he takes on Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205. The UFC featherweight champion will look to bec read news >>

Dan Hardy discusses his McGregor lean, Woodley's lack of love, Kowalkiewicz vs. Jedrzejczyk

  • 26 days ago
  • 17 views

Of all the rarities and precedents that are combining to potentially make UFC 205 the most significant event in MMA history, perhaps it’s the prospect of three consecutive title fights excites the mo read news >>

After chair near-incident, Dana White admits Conor McGregor gets special treatment – for good reason

  • 26 days ago
  • 31 views

The pre-fight news conference for UFC 205 delivered another memorable Conor McGregor moment for his career highlight reel: That time he picked up a metal folding chair and was ready to drop it on opp read news >>

Woodley fine with proving people wrong, again

  • 27 days ago
  • 0 views

Tyron Woodley has been proving people wrong his whole career. Now he's the welterweight champ and is still an underdog and is ready to prove the doubters wrong yet again. read news >>

Dana White Stumped for Donald Trump; Will the Next President Show at UFC 205? | MMAWeekly.com

  • 26 days ago
  • 10 views

UFC president Dana White stumped for now-President-Elect Donald Trump, but will the next U.S. president return the favor? read news >>

UFC boss Dana White: 'I would never take the risk of headlining a show with Jon Jones again'

  • 26 days ago
  • 89 views

UFC President Dana White appears to have lost faith in former UFC champion Jon Jones following his one-year suspension from the U.S. Anti-Doping Association (USADA) for a failed drug test prior to UF read news >>