His friends were going out that night, but Dana White chose to stay home.
She grew up in those little fishing villages on Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula — towns with names such as Homer and Seward and Soldotna. So when Swayze Valentine heard the roar of the mixed martial arts crowd in Anchorage one night, because MMA is everywhere except New York these days, she said it was just about the loudest thing she’d ever heard. If you don’t count a Kodiak bear with a toothache.
Side by side on a couch were Dana White and Mike Tyson, a pair of lifelong boxing fans, explaining why they rarely get excited to watch boxing anymore. That’s how times change.
It is a slippery slope dripping with irony. The Ultimate Fighting Championship has released its Code of Conduct, which in a very legal and official way says fighters need to act in a decent manner while not making public statements that might otherwise define them as, well, ignorant rock heads.