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Dana White in the running for 2010 “Time 100” list of influential people

Dana White is among an extremely prestigious society as Time Magazine recently revealed that the President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship is among 200 finalists for 2010’s extremely popular “Time 100“.

Every year Time Magazine reveals a credible list of 100 human beings that they deem to be the most influential currently walking the planet earth, and if things go accordingly, White could likely be named as one of them.

White currently leads the pack of extraordinary gentleman – and women – in the voting department by a landslide (a reported 3357 votes), with his closest peer according to Time being Twilight heart throb, Robert Pattinson (a reported 1455), and is handing it to United States President Barack Obama who currently is listed at having received 421 votes.

White is also currently hanging tough with an extremely solid average rating of 90, where other media magnets such as the previously noted Pattinson (74) and Obama (78), along with Oprah Winfrey (73), Arnold Schwarzenegger (70), and Jay Leno (a measly 34) pale in comparison.

The nomination for the award is the first for White, who is also the sole recipient of the nod from within the mixed martial arts community…. but we’re in there!

  • Yourdaddydevilandlord says:

    Hell yeah, then he can fight the next guy on the list!! I’d pay to see Dana and the Twilight fruit fight!!!

  • Yourdaddydevilandlord says:

    Oh, and what’s with the sword picture? Unless they start allowing swords in the Octagon (which I am all for!!) he just looks like a poser holding one.

  • JOEgun says:

    Props to the man who provides me with some of the best MMA on the planet! How can he not get my vote. Im not gonna deny that I love the UFC more than any other promotion. Regardless of Danas personality, thank you Dana for the UFC!

  • 3OAM says:

    He’s not really influential in anything other than fight life…however, I hope he gets on the list. That would be a sweet little mainstream nod to our burgeoning niche.

    Pretty soon he’ll be in the Fortune 500 (if he’s not already).

  • MCM says:

    Don’t underestimate the influence of MMA on popular culture. MMA influence the way people dress, act, and who they emulate. TapOut and Affliction clothing is everywhere and there are tons of copy cat companies imitating their looks. Check Youtube, more kids are trying to fight like MMA fighters rather than boxers nowadays. How many kids are joining wrestling and taking martial arts classes instead of trying out for the Baseball team? Dana White might be the head of a niche community but so was Tony Hawk and one point and look what his influence has over our culture.

  • qat says:

    are they seriously making an internet vote for that list? gonna be the most credible list ever..
    it is somewhat nice that he made it in the selection, but the actual vote-result is gonna have the value of toilet paper

  • drstu says:

    this is one of the better april fools jokes this year.

  • xtreme_machine says:

    [email protected]! DW

    and give me all the thumbs down you want

  • toynut says:

    this is going to sound weird!!

    but He got a Simpson parody….

    i am Not a simpons crazy nut fan, but if he hit a point in today’s pop culture high enough to be
    on a show like the simpsons then ya, he might just have some influence…

  • slammy862 says:

    Dana should make it. He’s created and promoted the greatest mma organization in the world.

    The UFC and TUF are groundbreaking and somebody needs to recognize this.

    I know everybody likes to piss and moan about how cocky and brash he is, but that’s the attitude that gets sh*t done!

    Think of it in a historical sense. First really new sport franchise to arrive and blow the doors off the competition. Give the man his due, already.

    He does need to figure out how to reduce the idiot booing at each event, but nothings perfect.

    Good luck, Dana. Move over D. Trump.

  • bigbadjohn says:

    Flattering to have danas name on a list like this since a lot of us are chronic MMA commentators but id like to hope that things, people influence the world in more appropriate and progressive way than the fight game. its laughable really, dana THEN obama. wonder where lady gaga is?

  • qat says:

    haha im quiet surprised that i got that many thumbs down for my comment earlier, just think about it for a second.

    this vote would make out the most _popular_ guy in the _internet_, by far not the most influential leaders, artists, innovators and icons around the world. and i say would because by no means this can be a representative survey. this is just a question of who gives a shit and tries to mobilize the internet-fanboys.
    another thing is.. i looked at it, and if you vote you have to make a security check, each time, so voting takes some seconds. i cannot imagine many people to vote for every 201 people around there, which makes it even worse, cause 90% of the voters will only vote for the guys they love, and give them a 100, and a 1 or so to guys they hate.. well, probably more than 90%.

    so as i said, it is nice that he is in the selection at all, but the result will mean nothing.

  • JabCrossHook says:

    I thought this was an april fools joke lol

  • Rece Rock says:


    after UFN the other night the least I can do is go give the guy a vote and help bring more attention to a sport I love to follow…

  • Xspur says:

    you guys are ignorant to assume that a credible magazine like Time is going to base it’s list solely off the online voting. They are simply using this pole to figure who has the most pull with the online community. After all, facebook, twitter, and forums are a huge part of today’s culture. And to have so many who support you in that community does indeed show a high level of influence.
    That said, the results of this voting is not going to be how the final list is assembled. Common fellow MMA fans, don’t be so naive!

  • DougieFresh says:

    I’m glad Dana made the list. He brought the UFC back from the grave. It may not be the only MMA out there, but it is by far the most popular and i believe it is because of what he has done. Without him MMA wouldn’t be known to about half the fans it has now.
    On another note im not sure if anyone else noticed, but Snookie made it on the list as well for voting. So I’m not to sure how to look at Dana making the list though. Since as soon as her name got put on it all of its credibility went out the window.

  • crane_style says:

    I take this not just as a props to Dana White, but the growth of MMA as a whole. And if you’d had to pick one guy to take a bow, Dana would be the guy who gets my vote.

    He might be a hard *ss sometimes, and you might not agree with everything he says, but I like that he puts himself out there and says what he thinks. In this day of sound bites and spin, people who do that are rare.

    He’s a thousand times better than some bland corporate guy who doesn’t know the sport and is all about the bottom line. The only promoter who is comparable in terms of both overall effect and publicity generation, is Don KIng. Aren’t you glad he isn’t running the UFC?

  • inkythewinky says:

    you mean tito is not on the list again?!!!!! j/k

  • Kuch says:

    The big picture of this story is that MMA is no longer considered a fringe sport or fad. Apparently MMA and the UFC brand mean enough to the average person that the person who oversees its operation is considered worthy of this award. That’s a good thing.

  • Oh! It IS a sword.

    I always thought it was some kind of staff or something…

  • Rampage says:

    Dana White almost single handedly brought us a brand new sport…….MMA would be nothing without him.

    I think he has overtaken Don King as the fighting guru of the 21st century!!! That alone makes it all worth while!!!

  • LiverPunch says:

    “Dana White almost single handedly brought us a brand new sport…….MMA would be nothing without him. ”
    Dana took over the UFC in 2000. The UFC, Pride, Shooto, Pancrase, IVC, WVC, King of the cage, and others were already well established. He just took over a company and made the company big and, to some extent, mainstream but he never started or in anyway was responsible for the creation of MMA or for starting it’s resurgence. Your statement is however a very common myth. But Dana has only been involved with the UFC as president since 2000 (just over half of it’s lifespan, it began in ’93) and the sport has been around since early 1900’s if not since Adam met Eve.

  • LiverPunch says:

    Excuse me but why give facts a negative tick?. Are you trying to ignore them?. I just stated that Dana did not create MMA or bring us a new sport. He did however promote it and to some extent bring it to the mainstream in the US and a few other countries. What is wrong with that? it is true.

  • LiverPunch says:

    Are you are trying to create a reality where those are not facts?.
    In the words of Paul Simon “a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest”.
    Believe what suits you.

  • danw84 says:

    Dana White almost single handedly brought us a brand new sport…….MMA would be nothing without him.
    I think he has overtaken Don King as the fighting guru of the 21st century!!! That alone makes it all worth while!!!  

    Without Dana, fighters still exist. Without fighters, Dana is some noisy bald guy.

  • crane_style says:

    Without Dana, fighters still exist. Without fighters, Dana is some noisy bald guy.  

    i think Dana would probably not argue this.

  • toynut says:

    it’s a lot harder to find a good businessman to lead a company to success
    then to find two guys to fight in a ring (note: i am not saying to find two good mma fighters, just two guys)

  • inkythewinky says:

    i think dana should be made to fight lorenzo fertitta for the spot in time magazine :) (kos / fitch fiasco parody)

  • LiverPunch says:

    “He’s created and promoted the greatest mma organization in the world.”
    “Dana White almost single handedly brought us a brand new sport…….MMA would be nothing without him.”
    He did not create a thing. I know people have no idea but this is just too much.
    I was wrong too it was 2001 that Dana got involved. They had already held about 30 events!.
    He had nothing whatsoever to do with creating MMA, NOTHING!.
    He is just a guy who got 2 childhood casino tycoons to invest in a failing business enterprise and went on to make it succeed.

  • LiverPunch says:

    Should read-
    “He is just a guy who got 2 childhood friends who were casino tycoons to invest in a failing business enterprise and went on to make it succeed.”


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