Dana White maintains he will remain with UFC despite buyout rumors

UFC president Dana White speaks during a news conference for UFC 200, Friday, April 22, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
(AP Photo/John Locher)

WME/IMG has raised over $1 billion dollars from investors, a move that would reportedly allow the agency to buyout a handful of UFC minority partners. Would that spell the end of Dana White‘s tenure as the president of the UFC? Far from it, according to him.

I’m not going anywhere, brother,” said White to Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. “Not only am I not going anywhere, I’m actually making moves in the office and doing [stuff] and changing things for the way I really want it.”

White was installed as president of the UFC in January 2001 after the Fertitta brothers purchased the company. He has overseen the explosion in growth of the promotion, serving as both a promoter and president.

WME/IMG is expected to become the majority owners of the company, although that doesn’t mean White will be left out in the cold. He reportedly bankrolled $400 million from the sale, a move that leaves him open to do much of whatever he could desire, inside or outside of the UFC.

But White remains steadfast in his conviction that he isn’t going anywhere:

“I’m making a lot of changes in this new building for things I want changed.”

“I’m burrowing myself in like a … tick,” White said.

WME/IMG first purchased the UFC in late 2016, forking over $4.2 billion over to the Fertittas and Zuffa, LLC for the rights to the company. Several noteworthy figures have left the company since then, including longtime matchmaker Joe Silva.

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