Will Dana White be attending fewer UFC events in the future?

Michael Cohen

One thing you may have noticed about UFC on Fuel 6 was the absence of Dana White. After an eleven-year streak of never missing a UFC event, he was forced to stay home during UFC on Fuel 3 earlier this year due to a bout with Meniere's Disease. For this card in China though, Ariel Helwani said on UFC Tonight that it wasn't Meniere's that kept him from going to Macau. Dana had pressing business in Vegas. And he wanted to try something new, to see if it would work for the future.

What he did instead was set up what he called a "command center" in Las Vegas. Since he's hands-on with so much in terms of production, he basically used a version of a production truck to issue commands to various UFC staffers on-site, and he watched the show from that vantage point. And according to White, it worked seamlessly.

That's probably good for Dana, who won't be forced to travel as much if this sort of system is feasible. And it probably wouldn't affect the UFC or their production very much. But because it was successful, just how often is Dana going to take events off in the future? For now it's a Fuel event, which aren't big television draws anyway. But with the increasing number of UFC cards in Brazil, Australia, and everywhere else, will Dana start sitting some of them out too?

Many pundits have stated that Dana, especially with his health issues, should start to lighten his workload a bit. In the long run it probably doesn't mean a ton (other than the media can't hound him at post-fight press conferences), but if this is the first step towards that, I commend him for being able to let go. At least a bit.

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