The year has been historic in many respects with regard to MMA and UFC, more specifically, making it appropriate for UFC President Dana White to be plastered on the cover of the latest edition of Men’s Fitness with a feature story entitled, “Dana White, the UFC’s Warrior King.”
. @danawhite's on top of the world.
Deal with it.
— Men's Fitness (@MensFitness) October 13, 2016
After all, White has been a pivotal part in some of the year’s most memorable stories and events, from the monumental UFC 200 event, to two of the promotion’s biggest PPV events of all time with two more potentially on the horizon before the years’ end, and the historic UFC sale which garnered a final price tag of $4.2 billion.
It may not be the first time someone with the UFC has graced the cover, or even White himself, with fighters such as Georges St-Pierre and Ronda Rousey having been featured before, and White for the first time back in 2008, but it certainly holds the most prestige behind it given the course of 2016.
Of course, White was not simply featured on the cover of this particular magazine simply for being a face of the company, but also because he still manages to stay in shape amidst his hectic schedule — also noting how fitness has changed in the sport.
“I like to box. I still box every day, I do some cardio and I love to lift weights. I have to have a goal, whether it’s reps or weight, there has to be some type of goal for me,” White said (transcription via Bloody Elbow).
“Fighters bodies and weight has evolved a lot over the last several years, in that these guys are starting to cut closer to their weight. Weight cutting has always been a part of the fight game. I’d like to think that we’re getting better at it, and that it’s evolving.”
Through all the ups and downs of the promotion and the sport though, White is happy where the company is today and cannot say he would change anything if given the chance.
“If I could go back in time, I wouldn’t have changed anything, because obviously, it’s paid off. Look at what we’ve done. Look at what we created. Look at what we built. I wouldn’t change anything.”