(I knew Dana reminded me of someone, I just couldn’t put my finger on who.)
Filed under the "Now I’ve heard everything" category, UFC president Dana White revealed in a recent story in the Vancouver Sun that he’s a big fan of self-proclaimed self-help guru Dr. Phil McGraw. White admits in the interview that he didn’t know much about McGraw before appearing on an episode of his daytime talk show last year, but he says now he really respects Dr. Phil.
Responding to reporter Dave Deibert’s request for White to name the celebrity who he has met who most left him in awe, the Baldfather responded:
"I’m gonna have to say Dr. Phil. I didn’t even know who he was. (“I had to talk him into it,” says UFC PR director Jennifer Wenk.) I knew that he was one of those talk-show guys. We go in, her and I go into this green room, and they come in like, ‘Here you go. Here’s your Dr. Phil T-shirt and your Dr. Phil mug.’ I look at Jenn like this (raising eyebrows): ‘Oh thank you. That’s nice.’ I’m polite and whatever. Then I throw the f***ing thing. Like I want the Dr. Phil mug and T-shirt. Then I go out and we do the show. We meet Dr. Phil. Then we go backstage and we start talking to him and s*** — the coolest f***ing guy you could ever meet. Real guy, down to earth, super cool. The way that they do his show, they film the show and then they get you the hell out of there. They bring in a whole other group and start filming another show. So they’re getting us out the door and I’m like, ‘Wait a minute. I want my Dr. Phil mug. Where’s my Dr. Phil mug?’ Before we left, I wanted that Dr. Phil mug (laughs) . . . I didn’t know who he was. I didn’t care. And then once I met him? F***ing he was the man."
I wonder if this means that Dana has been reading some of Dr. Phil’s books in an effort to curb his public
fits of anger displays of emotion. I’m just hoping he starts throwing out some McGraw-like cliches when conducting interviews and doing business.
Imagine the sheer awesomeness of Dana taking care of shit Dr. Phil style:
Ariel Helwani: I disagree with your proclamation that Fedor is not the best fighter in the world.
Dana: Well Ariel, it’s like I always say to Joe Silva, ‘If someone out there doesn’t agree with me, then somewhere a village is missing their idiot.’
BJ Penn: I swear Dana; I looked over the book before it went to print, but I didn’t read it THAT carefully.
Dana: This ain’t my first rodeo son!
BJ Penn: My family told me to write the book.
Dana: Why on earth would you look to your parents for advice? If they were happy, prosperous and intelligent, you wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place!
Randy Couture: Dana, I’d like to introduce you to my friend, Kim.
Dana: Randy, what are you doing? A man can’t ‘just be friends’ with another woman. Period.
Tito Ortiz: I don’t know what to do about this Jenna thing.
Dana: She has your balls in a Dixie cup, buddy. I don’t care how flat you make a pancake, it has two sides.
Anderson Silva: I don’t know why everyone is so mad. I put on an entertaining show and I won the fight.
Dana: So your theory is, ‘We’re gonna go up there and have a donkey barbecue,’ and you’re going to furnish the ass.
Dan Henderson: I wasn’t appreciated by the UFC and they ignored my feelings.
Dana White: Your feelings? To hell with your feelings! You don’t get a say in things.
M-1 Global: You can have Fedor, but we want to co-promote and we want half of the pay-per-view money
Dana: You keep talking about how you want the flowers and the cake and everything that goes along with it, but you’re planning for the wedding and not the marriage.