It took UFC President Dana White less than a decade to take a dying mixed martial arts promotion and turn it into such an uber-successful organization that an entire industry has risen up around them.
And it is one reason White has been voted alongside such names as Steve Jobs and Barack Obama by readers of AskMen as one of the Top 49 Most Influential Men for the last three years in a row.
Since its inception, people have always naturally wanted to compare mixed martial arts to boxing. White himself comes from a boxing background and is a huge fan of the “sweet science”, but all one has to do is look at the recent Bernard Hopkins-Chad Dawson and the Floyd Mayweather-Victor Ortiz debacles to realize the sport has some serious problems.
What if boxing had its own version of “Dana White” to come in and help turn the struggling sport around? Here is how White told AskMen he would fix the boxing industry:
“They need the same exact model that the UFC built. Basically we’re a league, and we say who fights who. The current boxing model would be like the NFL’s Patriots not wanting to play the Colts because they don’t like them or because the money isn’t right and 50 other excuses. Imagine if that were to happen in the NFL or Major League Baseball? That’s how boxing needs to be fixed. It needs to be the same model as the UFC — the money is spread out and more people would make money.”