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Dana White: “I’m not a normal patient, OK?”

By Zach Arnold | June 20, 2012

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“I went to the specialist for Meniere’s Disease, which I have — which is basically damage to the nerve inside the ear that tells the brain ‘you’re moving’ when you’re not moving and it is… the most horrible thing you could ever go through, believe me when I tell you and… I wanted the surgery but the doctor, being a doctor, doctors want to treat you. They don’t want… they want surgery to be the last option. Well, I’m not a normal patient, OK? I’m not some guy who works 9-to-5 and goes home. I fly all over the world, every day of the week and my thing is if I’m flying on a 14 hour flight to Brazil and what happened to me happened to me a few weeks ago happens to me on the plane… and I have to land in Brazil or some other country where they probably don’t understand this thing… it’s just I’m a different case, so I’m lobbying hard for this surgery and the surgery isn’t the cure. The surgery, they go in and they basically cut the nerve so you have to learn to walk again and you have to go through serious rehabilitation to learn how to do everything again. But I’m willing to have that done, go in, I’ll go hardcore rehab for the next three weeks and, you know… that’s my plan and what I plan to do. The doctor has other plans, so it’s going to be a battle of wills over, you know… I think I’m a special case in that the surgery makes sense for me where it might not for other people my age. It’s something that has to be done. I have to fix this problem. I can’t do what I do and have that happen to me again. I mean, just that one incident… I was lucky that I was in Las Vegas and my doctor is familiar with it and knew what to do and I was still down for four days. If that happened to me somewhere else… I’m telling you, it’s just… people who have this understand where I’m coming from. I’m afraid that that’s going to happen again, let me put it to you that way.

“I’m on a ton of medication right now and only 50% of the people respond to medication, you know, so we’ll see what happens.”

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11 Responses to “Dana White: “I’m not a normal patient, OK?””

  1. J-Rock says:

    Maybe its time the Fertittas got a replacement?

    Dana has too much wear and tear.

  2. 45 Huddle says:

    He is smarter then doctors now…. The ego has no limits.

  3. Jonathan says:

    Three-weeks of rehab, in which time he will learn to re-walk?

    I’m not sure that gives him enough time.

  4. Chris says:

    Whatever Mr. White.

  5. Cut Him says:

    He needs to be told, the fucking UFC is ONLY for the TOP executives, who must perform or be cut from the roster… Illness injury is no excuse. Bye Bye!!

  6. Steve4192 says:

    I get that people like to hate on Dana, but seriously? The guy discusses a disease that he is fighting and everyone takes the opportunity to spout off glib responses rather than wishing him well?

    I’m not a big fan of Dana’s, but I don’t hate the guy either. Get well soon BLAF.

  7. J-Rock says:

    I don’t hate him, either. The UFC is a business, and if White can’t perform, it isn’t good for the Fertittas, is it?

    Do you or do you not care about Zuffa?

  8. Raylan says:

    The mills of the gods grind slowly, but they grind exceeding fine.

    Im drinking my coffee. ahhhh.

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  10. The Judge says:

    I don’t know what it says about my attitude towards Dana, but despite all the things I have said about him in the past, I hope he is ok and am pulling for him to pull through undamaged.

  11. J-Rock says:

    Most fighters and insiders feel the same way about White as Sansa feels about Joffrey.

    Not wishing harm on him, but if this means there are going to be better people hired by the organization, then this act of god is helping people in need.


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