Dana White is known to be a very controversial figure when it comes to the proper payment of UFC stars. He was called out for this fact many times by the likes of Jake Paul. However, it cannot be dismissed that Dana White has made UFC what it is today as it remains the most popular promotion for MMA in the world right now.
AEW and UFC certainly have a good relationship right now. AEW has used UFC stars in the past for their storylines, including Jorge Masvidal, Paige VanZant, Dan Lambert and others.
Jim Ross and Tony Khan were present on the front row for last weekend’s UFC 273 event as well. While speaking on his Grilling JR podcast, Jim Ross revealed that Dana White will be present during an AEW show in Las Vegas.
“Dana White invited Tony Khan and I to attend. I left my house at 10 o’clock here on the beach to go to the event because it didn’t start on pay per view till 10 o’clock ET. I don’t think the main event went into the ring until midnight or close to it. It was a long night in that respect, but Dana’s always an amazing host, he had us front row seats and put us right behind him.
I didn’t watch the show back but according to my timelines, we were on TV a lot and that was nice to put AEW over to some degree. He and Tony are buddies and I’ve known Dana for a long time myself, probably not as well as Tony does. He remembers my name and was glad I came, so he’s just a great host and a good dude.
When we’re in Vegas coming up in several weeks, he’s going to come to one of our events, so Dana’s a good dude. We have a lot in common, we’re trying to sell tickets to a live event and then televise it. There’s a lot of common ground there.”
AEW has several dates in Las Vegas in May, with the Double or Nothing pay-per-view set to take place on May 29 in the T-Mobile Arena. We will have to see how the event will turn out to be.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes
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