After slapping his wife, Dana White and UFC released Mike Jackson and Leah Letson on Monday. Jackson infamously beat WWE and AEW wrestler CM Punk in 2018.
Dana White is the President of the UFC and is certainly a controversial figure in the world of MMA. Dana White was also previously accused of an ‘illegal crime’ in Las Vegas.
Dana White’s mother, June White, wrote a tell-all unauthorized biography of the UFC president in 2011, which included his childhood and how he changed post-success.
Titled Dana White, King of MMA, the book delved into how he was once a loving friend and a caring son who turned into an “egotistical, self-centered, arrogant, and cruel” vindictive tyrant who did not care about others’ feelings.
In an interview a few years later, June White went on to talk about her son’s marriage life. She accused him of cheating on his wife, Anne White, with multiple ring girls as well as his sister-in-law.
“His marriage is a joke. Everyone knows he puts Tiger Woods to shame. He has plenty of the ring card girls sleep with him… He slept with his sister-in-law in my house which made me absolutely furious. He goes after any girl he wants and usually gets them. They are [White and his wife] constantly fighting. In their honeymoon, she gave him the worst black eye I’ve ever seen.”
“I don’t like anything that makes us look like that sport of animals, and all the negativity, and all the criticism, and all the stereotypes that I dealt with 20 years ago, 25 years ago, getting into this sport. I don’t want to see us go back there, and it can happen,” Jimmy Smith said on Sirius XM.
“It can happen when mainstream sponsors, and mainstream corporations, and mainstream outlets, whatever, go, ‘Eh, I don’t know if I want to be involved in this, because they have a domestic violence scandal every week for which they do nothing.’
“There’s no accountability. None for Jon Jones, none for Dana White.
“It can drag us back. And you’ve got to be a little bit older to remember those days, but they did happen. And they can come back again. So a lack of accountability for Dana White affects everybody in MMA. Because it says, our sport doesn’t deserve any better.
“Of course, there are no consequences. They’re a bunch of animals who fight in a cage.”
As for White’s comments about how his absence “hurts” everyone around him, Smith had this to say.
“It would hurt him to not be in charge of the UFC. For any length of time, that would bother him. Would it bother him financially? No. But it would bother him.”