White: This is your chance to punch me in the face
UFC president Dana White has accumulated a large number of detractors over the years, and they now have a digital opportunity to beat him up. White is now a playable character on the “EA UFC 3” video game roster.
The news was announced via the social network.
— EA SPORTS UFC (@EASPORTSUFC) March 15, 2018
Brian Shea: How did this idea to have you in the game come across your desk?
Dana White: From what EA tells me, the fans have been asking for this for a long time. They asked me if I would be willing to do it and I said, “Yes, I think it’s great.” It’s fun. And for all the people out there that have wanted to punch me in the face over the last 20 years, this is your chance.
When we decided on weight classes, we kept it real. I’m a 205-lber, so we put me in the light heavyweight division. But, if the fans like it and are into it, you could see me going into other weight classes, heavyweight and down, in the future.
BS: It would make sense for you to use boxing techniques in stand-up, since you were an amateur boxer, right?
DFW: As far as the technique goes in the game, they modeled me after a boxer because I have boxing experience. But don’t be fooled, I have jiu-jitsu too, so don’t think that you’re going to take me to the ground and beat me up down there. My jiu-jitsu is actually pretty good, so you better be ready on your feet and on the ground.
BS: I have a feeling that for executives from other organizations, there would be some hesitation in allowing the players to beat them up in a video game. Was there any hesitation from you or UFC about allowing people like that to lock themselves in a virtual cage with your character?
DFW: No, I didn’t have any hesitation. If that’s what the fans want, that’s what we do. We give the fans what they want. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there that want to punch me in the face, so here’s your chance! I love it.