UFC president Dana White and the 45th President of the United States Donald Trump have known each other for the longest time. Their relationship goes back almost 20 years.
Back in the early years of the UFC, Trump was one of the first tycoons to allowed White to hold events in Trump Taj Mahal Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The two have had a good relationship ever since.
During his recent appearance in an episode of the Nelk Boys’ Full Send Podcast, Trump praised White for the job he’s done with the UFC.
“He’s done an incredible job… I’ve been with Dana (White) for a long time, he’s been my friend for a long time,” Trump said.
“I tell you, I don’t know what would happen with UFC without him. That’s one man, they say ‘you can always replace somebody’. I’m not sure if that man is replaceable.”
Trump also believes that White will still stay with the UFC for a while when asked about what the promotion will be without him.
“Well, he’ll be there for a long time. So we are not gonna have to worry about that, right?” replied Trump.
Trump became the first sitting president in history that attended an MMA event back in November 2019. The event in question was UFC 244 headlined by Masvidal and Nate Diaz.
Whether you are a fan of Trump or not, that was a clear a milestone in the history of MMA – a sport that barely existed 30 years ago.
Trump is also popular among UFC fighters with UFC stars like Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal publicly campaigning for him.
Covington even met with Trump in the White House back in 2018 after promising to present the UFC interim welterweight belt to the-then president if he won against Rafael Dos Anjos. A promise that he kept.