- The Washington Times - Monday, November 4, 2019

UFC President Dana White says there isn’t much of a mystery as to why he’s friends with President Trump: “He’s been the most stand-up guy since the day I met him.”

The commander in chief’s presence at UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden over the weekend perplexed some reporters, but Mr. White told them it was long in the making.

“When we first bought this company, venues didn’t want us,” he said Saturday evening after welterweight Jorge Masvidal claimed the first BMF (Baddest Motherf–-r) belt in his bout with Nate Diaz.

“Everything that ever happened to me in my career, Trump was the first guy to pick up the phone and reach out to me,” Mr. White continued. “From getting back on pay-per-view, getting our first TV deal when we did the big FOX deal, the guy always reached out to me.”

Mr. White’s comments came one day after Masvidal also shared some thoughts on the president.

“Real recognize real,” the fighter said Friday. “No matter what your views are on Trump as a president, the guy’s a bad motherf–-r. The money that he’s made, the obstacles that he’s conquered — he’s a bad motherf–-r in his own way no matter what your political views are.”

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