Dana White
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United States
2020

UFC

Dana
White

President

While other sports leagues immediately postponed or called off their seasons due to COVID-19, White remained adamant that the Ultimate Fighting Championship brawl on. After canceling three matches in March and April and postponing a fourth, UFC 249, that was finally held in Florida (where two cameramen and a fighter ultimately tested positive for the virus), he staged five fights in the company’s Las Vegas production facilities. But that was just a precursor to the main event. Eager to establish a safe haven where he could meet the league’s contractual obligation for 42 events in 2020, White moved the action to Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island — dubbed Fight Island — where the government would help with testing and logistics for a series of matchups beginning in July.

Career

  • THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER
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  • UFC ULTIMATE INSIDER

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
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UFC’s Dana White Eyes Las Vegas Fights as Endeavor Unit Navigates Coronavirus Shutdown (EXCLUSIVE)

UFC’s Dana White Eyes Las Vegas Fights as Endeavor Unit Navigates Coronavirus Shutdown (EXCLUSIVE)

Entertainment conglomerate Endeavor's mixed martial arts business took a hit last week with the cancellation of the UFC 249 pay-per-view and all other upcoming fight cards due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. However, UFC president Dana White says that the company has found a way to move forward with its live promotions."We built the APEX facility next door just in time to save the day from this pandemic," White said in an email statement to Variety Tuesday night. "Live fights...

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