White visited Boston, wrote checks for bombing victims


On April 15, two bombs were exploded during the Boston Marathon, wounding over 250, and killing three. A police officer was killed and one injured during an extended and ultimately successful effort to apprehend the suspected bombers, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The elder brother, Tamerlan, was run over and killed by his younger sibling during a shootout. Dzhokar is in custody in a prison hospital, and is speaking with investigators.

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UFC president Dana White lives in Las Vegas, but as he explained to the Boston Globe's Matt Juul, his heart always will belong to Boston.

Years before becoming one of the most powerful figures in mixed martial arts, White trained and managed fighters at a South Boston gym. Judging from his sometimes abrasive — yet refreshingly honest — comments that could rival any Fenway Park heckler, it’s easy to see how his time in the Hub has influenced him.

When news of the Boston Marathon bombings reached the UFC president, it shook him on a very personal level.

“From a guy who’s walked those streets and been there at the finish line so many times, it really freaked me out,” said White. “I have a hard time talking about it.

“How cowardly and disgusting that these people, who lived in the city as long as they did, did that. To put the bag right next to kids, I don’t even like talking about it.”

White heard about the bombings while he was in a meeting with other UFC executives, one of whom was “freaking out,” according to White, because his sister was a member of the Boston Police.

White announced that he would be flying straight to Boston right after UFC 159 in Newark April 27, vowing that the UFC and broadcast partner Fox would “write some checks."

“Yeah, I brought checks and I got money,” White said. “The UFC donated, I donated personally, the Fertitta brothers donated personally, and Fox donated. I was really happy about that.”

In addition to making donations to those affected and the One Fund, White had hoped to meet with some of the bombing victims face to face. However, after looking into the situation, the UFC president decided to take a subtler approach.

“People are still hurting,” said White. “When I say that, I don’t mean physically. People still need time. I got money that we are donating for people, but I’m backing off on the whole meeting people. Even Mayor Menino is still visiting families.

“People are really emotionally trying to deal with what’s going on, so I backed off a bit.”

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White will return to Boston Aug. 17 when the UFC comes to town to launch the new Fox Sports 1 network.

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5/1/13 1:24 PM by Onlyfagsvotepeopledown

I'm sure him paying for that kids surgery he read about on the UG was just publicity as well, huh? Gtfo of here. Dana White has done some very cool shit for a lot of people. He truly gives back.

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5/1/13 1:17 PM by UGCTT_NKTKDace

Yeah because Dana could have done that with no one knowing or finding out.Dummies and haters

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5/1/13 3:41 AM by sparkuri

Everything Dana does is calculated.You've said this before yourself slamming. If you need a personal reminder, ask his own mother.If it's all about hometown love, it'd never make a headline.Pull your head out of your twenty something ass.

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5/1/13 3:34 AM by slamming

Yeah, nevermind the fact that it's where the guy grew up or anything and obviously has a lot of sentimental value to him. Yep, ignore the human aspect, because he has no soul. Just a blatent publicity grab, just like saving that little girl in Thailand for no apparent reason other than someone begged him too.Piece of shit that Dana White.

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5/1/13 3:22 AM by sparkuri

Oh yeah^^85

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5/1/13 3:18 AM by sparkuri

This. Props to you guys who speak the obvious unpopular truth.

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5/1/13 2:56 AM by A.Muradyan

Dana is the man. True inspiration, i hope he makes 1000x more money.

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5/1/13 1:41 AM by slamming

I fucking hate people like you who disregard whats being done here as some ulterior motive.Go fuck yourself.

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5/1/13 1:32 AM by Refuse to Lose

Great move on Danas part this world we live in is too crazy sometimes. R. I. P to all the victims.

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4/30/13 10:31 PM by The Gumball Kid

Obviously others have, that wasn't the point