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UFC Chatter: Dana White on The American Dream, Monopolizing the Sport

UFC President Dana White on the American dream:

Q. You attended the University of Massachusetts-Boston for two years when you were younger. What was life like for you there?

A. “Here’s the thing with me. I don’t know how many questions you want to ask me about school because I was never a big school guy. I hated school, I hated high school, I went to college because I felt like you have to go college. Nobody can do anything these days without a college education. A high school diploma doesn’t cut it anymore.

“I said to myself I’m gunna go to school, I’m gunna get a degree. I wanted to get a degree in business so I went to UMass for a semester and I said f*** this. I can’t do this man, I hate school. I knew what I wanted to do. I think the biggest problem with young people is that a lot of young people don’t know what they want to do. Even when they go to college they’re like ‘yea, I’m a Political Science major,’ and then you talk to them a month later and they’re like ‘oh, I’m a Economics major.’ You know, they keep changing because they don’t know what they want to do. A lot of kids go to college because their parents say ‘you’re gunna go to college and were gunna pay for it.’ They say ‘all right, I’ll go over there and hang out for four years and figure out what I want to do.’

“The lucky thing for me was I always knew exactly what I wanted to do. There was never any question. So for what I wanted to do I didn’t really have to go to college. And I’ve told the story a million times.

“I was working at the Boston Harbor Hotel and I was a bar man over there and I was making 50, 60 thousand a year and I was 19 years old. I walked out the door one day, to one of my buddies who was a doorman there, someone who I’m still friends with today and I said ‘f*** this s*** man, I’m done. I’m not doing this anymore man I’m done I cant stand it. He was like ‘your crazy, you’re 19, you’re making 50 or 60 a year’ and I said ‘I’ll tell you what: everyday I get in my f***ing car and drive here and I’m miserable. I hate this job, I can’t do this anymore.’ I said ‘I’m gunna do the boxing, man, and I don’t care if I don’t make a f***ing dime doing it, I’m gunna be happy driving to work everyday.’ That was what I did and it all worked out.”

Q. What advice would you give to the students here at UMass as they strive for their goals and try to become as successful as possible in their endeavors?

A. “Ill tell you exactly. Whether you’re a student at UMass or you’re working construction, the formula’s the same for everybody. Find out exactly what you want to do man. Find that one thing that you would do for free, that you would do for free everyday because it makes you that happy: you’re that passionate about it and you’re that happy about it and that’s what you should do for a living. And figure out how to make money off of it.”

White on monopolizing the sport:

Q. Bill Goldberg recently made a statement comparing you to Vince McMahon. He said that both McMahon and you are trying to monopolize your respective sports. What do you have to say about that?

A. “Tell Goldberg to quit f***ing crying. Just because I do it bigger and better than everyone else does, doesn’t mean I’m trying to monopolize. This isn’t a monopoly. Everyone who can rub two nickels together is getting into this sport. Mark Cuban just jumped in. I’ll tell you what, there have been other people who have tried to compete with Vince and they couldn’t. there’s a big difference. They couldn’t compete with Vince because Vince would beat their ass every time someone tried to jump into his arena. And I’m doing the same f***ing thing. If he’s saying that about me; thank you then, I look at that as a compliment.”

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