As a left-leaning UFC fan I was disappointed to learn that Dana White would be speaking at the Republican National Convention. Dana White is a likable guy and I appreciate how hard he works to promote the UFC and make great fights happen. Too bad he’s supporting Douchebag #1. But it’s a free country and we’re each entitled to our own opinion.
So here’s my listicle of why UFC fans should reject the Trumpster.
When I say “we” I mean UFC fighters, organizers, and fans.
Reason #1 — We’re Black, White, and Brown
If you want diversity, there’s no better sport than MMA, with UFC as the flagship organization. Every ethnicity and dozens of countries are represented among both fighters and fans. While there are plenty of opinionated asshole potty-mouth commenters in the UFC forums, race is rarely mentioned. We’re a pluralistic group who wants to see the best fighter win.
Reason #2 — We Don’t Like Bullies
I feel bad for the little boy who punches the girl in the back when she’s trying to get away. But it’s a bully move, and UFC fans love to see a bully go down.
Trump is a bully of the worst kind. Do you really want a president who mocks people with physical disabilities?
Reason #3 — We Respect Women Professionally
When Jones was disqualified from UFC 200 due to a failed drug test, the UFC could have made Hunt vs. Lesnar the headlining fight. Instead, Dana White and the UFC made the Women’s Bantamweight title match (Tate vs. Nunes) the headliner, and most fans thought that was the right call.
“She’s the champ. What Miesha accomplished a few fights ago, you can’t disrespect that. She should be the main event. She deserves to be. The other title fight in an interim title fight. It’s the right thing to do.” – Dana White
Donald Trump, according to himself, loves, respects, and cherishes women. As long as they don’t criticize him, like Megyn Kelly has. In that case, Trump goes straight to menstruation jokes. This article is a pretty good “best of” Trump loving, cherishing, and respecting women.
Reason #4 — We Believe in Fairness
The UFC isn’t about free-for-all brawls. It’s about competition with strict rules. Fighters are expected to refrain from eye-gouging, biting, and other illegal moves, and are strictly tested for steroids and other performance enhancers.
For Trump, cheating and ripping people off is just part of the game. Watch this video to get a sense for how Trump does business.
Can you imagine if the UFC operated that way? Promised a fight bonus and then didn’t pay? The UFC has a long way to go in terms of really treating fighters fairly (providing health insurance would be a good start), but at least the organization pays what it promises.
So What’s the Alternative?
I realize I’m not going to get any Republican UFC fans to vote for Hillary Clinton. But why not write in Dana White for president? Unlike Trump, he’s actually taken a failing business and turned it into a goldmine. Like Trump, he’s tough and blunt, but unlike Trump he’s reasonably fair, not an obvious sociopath, and is humble enough to take a Stockton slap from Nate Diaz in order to close a deal. He’s a big-picture guy willing to take one for the team.
Dana White for president!