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Dana White: 'Muhammad Ali changed the face of combat sports forever'

In an interview with ESPN, UFC president Dana White expressed his thoughts on legendary heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali, who passed away at the age of 74.

The world is mourning the loss of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali, who passed away at the age of 74 following a respiratory problem. Ali was not just one of the greatest boxers to ever compete, but a globally transcendent civil rights activist and cultural icon whose historical significance is simply immeasurable.

As the outpouring of emotional tributes and stories continue, UFC president Dana White was interviewed by ESPN on Friday night about the death of the self-proclaimed greatest of all-time. White was asked what Ali meant to him as a fan of combat sports, as well as what Ali meant to the sport of MMA.

"Combat sports in general," White said. "I think that Muhammad Ali changed the face of combat sports forever. He showed -- a lot of guys didn't have a lot of personality back in the day -- he was charismatic, he was incredible. He's a guy who was known around the world. One of the most famous human beings to ever live. In my house today there's tons of art work of Muhammad Ali. Anybody who's ever been involved in combat sports I think is a huge fan of Ali."

(Video via Zombie Prophet)

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