Dana White has revealed his relationship with Vince McMahon has changed dramatically in recent months.
For years, White and McMahon were positioned as rivals with the former heading up UFC and the latter dominating the world of professional wrestling. However, following a huge deal with Endeavor, WWE has now merged with UFC, meaning McMahon and White are on the same side as part of the TKO Group.
Speaking in a new interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, White admitted his relationship with McMahon was anything but plain sailing.
“My history with Vince isn’t a good one,” said White. “He tried to f— me so many times for no reason whatsoever except just to f— me. But that’s in the past. Now that Vince and I are allies, no one’s been a better partner than Vince.”
Despite their troubled history, the UFC boss said things changed as soon as he and McMahon were no longer seeing each other as competition.
“Since day one of the deal, it’s like I’m dealing with a different guy,” said White. “It goes to show that when you oppose him, or he thinks you are opposing him, the guy comes after you blindly. Once you are aligned, Vince is an incredible partner.”
Vince McMahon Is The “Michael Jordan Of The Business World”
Dana White went on to reveal that he’s spoken with McMahon at least 20 times since the merger was finalised, adding that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon have always been “great to work with.”
The UFC boss went on to describe McMahon as a “savage.”
“Vince McMahon, man, he’s an absolute savage,” said White. “Even with the stuff that went down with us in the past, I respect it. I love killers. He’s definitely a killer. He’s the Michael Jordan of the business world.”
Although Vince McMahon remains a huge part of WWE, he was recently removed from the creative process by Ari Emanuel. It’s since been reported that several stars believe WWE creative is better with McMahon out of the picture.