Some guys at Sports Illustrated don't think he's the one. I'm be like Jesus, and answer a question with a question. If Dana White isn't the person to take MMA(UFC) to the next level, then who is that person?
With all the faults that Dana White possesses, I really don't think there is anyone out there that could have acheived what he has in the last 5-6 years. I mean sure, he has the Fertitta brother's backing him and whatnot. However, I think the amount of time and sacrifice Dana White has put in the the UFC is largely overlooked. There's an old saying my grandfather used to tell me repeatedley: "You could do something right 99 times out of 100 and most people only remember the one time you got it wrong."
Now, in no way am I saying that Dana White is right 99% of the time. However, I think Dana possesses three attributes needed to take this sport to the next level.
- The guy is a die hard fan of the sport
- The guy has a Michael Jordanesque drive to succeed
- He(along with the Fertitta's) are the only people re-investing in the sport. In terms of getting the sport sanctioned in key places etc.
There's several other things that could be pointed out, and there's several negatives about the guy that could be pointed out. However, at the end of the day when it's all said and done? I wouldn't want anyone else out there fighting the battle of getting this sport to the next level. What about you?