White discusses White House visit

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

UFC president Dana White and interim for a bit longer welterweight champ Colby Convington recently visited US president Donald Trump at the White House. White spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention, and is said to speak regularly with Trump. The two have been friends since Trump offered the UFC a home when the sport was close to banned. The first two events under ZUFFA control, UFC 30 and UFC 31 were both held at the Trump Taj Mahal.

“At that time, what a lot of people don’t realize is, no venues wanted the UFC,” said White on the latest UFC Unfiltered podcast, as transcribed by Dave Doyle for MMA Fighting. “At the time, President Trump reached out and said, ‘Love to have you at the Taj,’ cut a great deal with me, and yeah that started our relationship. Then, he showed up at the first fight and stayed until the last fight, both fights we had at the Taj. Then we left there and went to the Meadowlands, and he showed up for those fights too.”

“President Trump has always been great to me. He’s a big fan of the UFC. I brought him in and they talked, they took pictures, he signed his hat for him, and it was fun. Then from there, we’re doing, it’s the 25th anniversary of the UFC, and, we’re doing 25 documentaries with 25 badass directors for the 25th anniversary and one of them is the story of how President Trump let us come to the Taj for the first fight and he and I went to the residence after that, and he and I both shot for the documentary.”

“I went back to the hotel, picked up my wife, and we came back and had dinner with the President in the residence. We had dinner for three hours, and then he personally toured my wife and I around the White House.”