UFC president Dana White recently weighed in on his thoughts about doing business with WWE mogul Vince McMahon in an appearance on Ric Flair’s podcast. The head honcho of one the biggest fight promotion companies in the world did not mince his words, calling McMahon a “f**king maniac” in the interview, hinting that their relationship has not entirely been amicable.
Though, Dana White also added that he admires the WWE chairman’s work and business ethics, having worked with McMahon in recent UFC-WWE fighter crossovers.
“He’s a f**king maniac, he’s an animal, he’s a competitor, he wants to win. That’s his nature and I respect it.” Said White during the podcast interview. “If you look at what Vince McMahon has accomplished in all of his years, and to still be on top, still doing it, the guy’s got enough money. He’s in it because he loves it. He’s in it because he’s passionate about it.”
McMahon and White previously worked together to create a deal that enabled former UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, to appear alongside the Rock in one of the WWE’s events. Another deal brought Brock Lesnar to the UFC, seeing the heavyweight star gain immense popularity among MMA and wrestling fans.
McMahon was seemingly handing the reins of the WWE to daughter Stephen McMahon and her husband, Paul Levesque (more popularly known as Triple H), and both are slowly becoming the figureheads of the organization. But McMahon still remains in charge, and any future negotiations or plans of Dana White will still have to garner the chairman’s blessing.
“I think Vince and definitely Stephanie (McMahon) and Triple H — Stephanie and Triple H are always great, always cool to work with — Vince has been very difficult in the past but the past several years he’s been much better,” added the UFC president.
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