Dana White: Vince McMahon is ‘Michael Jordan of the business world’

Dana White prefers working with Vince McMahon over competing against him. 

The UFC CEO spoke with Sports Illustrated recently and mentioned that his relationship with McMahon has changed considerably since their two companies merged. 

“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.”

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“Since day one of the deal, it’s like I’m dealing with a different guy,” White continued. “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."

“We’ve probably spoken on the phone 20 times since the deal. It’s all added-value conversation–with Vince doing work and raising the bar for both companies.”

White continued to say that even though he and Vince haven't always seen eye-to-eye, he's always had a good relationship with Paul Levesque and Stephanie McMahon.

“Triple H and Stephanie have always been great to work with,” said White. “I’ve always had a great relationship with them, always, even when we weren’t aligned back in the day. But the most amazing story is the relationship with Vince McMahon.”

“Vince McMahon, man, he’s an absolute savage,” White continued. “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.”

While McMahon remains the executive chairman of WWE, Levesque is now the person responsible for making key creative decisions for the company. A Sports Illustrated article earlier this month confirmed that Ari Emanuel was the one behind the change. Our own Dave Meltzer addressed the situation recently on Wrestling Observer Radio. 

"Vincent Kennedy McMahon was the guy making all the decisions, and now, Vince was in fact overruled, even though when he merged the company he was told that this would not happen. It did happen. And it’s a really interesting thing. And that statement when Ari Emanuel was talking about the reasons the stock is down and he mentioned Vince’s name. So it is very interesting I think what is going to happen," Meltzer said.

"Vince's power is clearly marginalized. There's no way around that."

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