Vince McMahon recently announced his retirement as chairman and CEO of WWE. UFC boss Dana White said that while he thought of Vince as a “killer,” he has nothing but respect for him. That respect might not be completely mutual.
White and McMahon have had a somewhat contentious history. Dana White understands that Vince’s ruthless practices are what kept him in business for so long. Recently, the two have shown up at each other’s events as guests, but McMahon didn’t treat Dana the way he expected.
Dana White spoke about Vince McMahon in a press conference after the first week of his ‘Contender Series.’ White said that he gave Vince McMahon fantastic seats when he recently attended UFC 276. When White was invited to a WWE event, he had a much different experience.
“They reached out to me and said that he wanted to come to the fight. I gave him much better seats than he gave me when I went to see Ronda. That dude had me in the f*cking, I’m not even sh*tting you, Ronda says,’ You have to be at this event. I want you to be there.’ I said, ‘Ronda, I wouldn’t miss it for the world.’ She’s like, ‘Alright, I’m gonna let them know you’re coming.’ Cool, cool.
I show up. It’s in New Orleans. I fly down to f*cking New Orleans. No going in the back and any of that sh*t. They’re at the will-call window for you. I go to the f*cking will call window, and, ‘Yeah, we don’t have tickets for you.’ I call some people, ‘Oh yeah, we found them, okay, we got your tickets.’ When I tell you, we were in the f*cking rafters, people were coming up to me and going, ‘Why are you sitting in these seats?’ I said, ‘Well, this is where they sat me. So f*ck ‘em, I’m gonna sit right here.’ Then I think it was Pat McAfee today says, ‘Well, no, you had to be in decent seats. You were on camera.’ The cameraman had to f*cking crawl over about 75 people, kick somebody out of his f*cking seat three rows ahead of me, just so he could get that shot. Yeah, they let me know what they thought of me at that event.”
Despite his poor treatment when he visited WWE to watch Ronda Rousey, Dana White still respects Vince McMahon. The world of sports entertainment is often a cut-throat business. White understands that, but he knows his respect might not be fully reciprocated by Mr. McMahon.
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