Dana White
UFC President, Dana White walks on stage during pre-race ceremonies prior to the NASCAR Cup Series South Point 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on September 26, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Steph Chambers/Getty Images


  • Dana White surprised social media when he showed off his new physique
  • The UFC president revealed that he lost 30 pounds in 10 weeks
  • White also explained what motivated him to make the change

Mixed martial arts (MMA) fans around the world were taken by surprise when UFC president Dana White showed off a leaner body on social media and revealed how he was able to drop 30 pounds in 10 weeks.

White explained that he partnered up with Gary Brecka of 10X Health System to get his health back on track.

"They do these tests on you and they [supposedly] know when you're gonna die and they're right within a month. I became obsessed. He (Brecka) said 'if you keep doing what you're doing right now and you stay on this trajectory, you got 10.4 years,'" White told health coach Kelley Nemiro.

"I would wake up in the middle of the night and throw up almost every night... My legs were so [expletive] up that I couldn't put my socks on in the morning... He said 'you do exactly what I tell you to do for 10 weeks and I guarantee you, I'll change your life.'"

White later added that he does not necessarily believe in what he calls to be "hippie [expletive]" regarding being obsessed with getting healthy before explaining that he lives the "average Joe" lifestyle, but instead did what he deemed necessary to get back to good shape.

At 53 years old, White has achieved a lot in his life after taking a chance on commercializing the sport of MMA and from breaking the label of, as what former senator John McCain formerly called it, human cockfighting.

The pressures of being the face of the UFC and everything else involved in the role have taken its toll on White in the past 21 years, and him finally finding the motivation to address his health is only going to better his chances of seeing the UFC ascend into even greater heights.

"I don't snore anymore and I sleep seven or eight hours a night now. [I lost] 30 pounds. I feel like I'm 35 years old again... Horrible sleeping at night, snoring, sleep apnea, borderline diabetes... I invested in them for 10 weeks and this guy changed my life," White said on improving his quality of life.

Since posting the video to his Instagram account, White's efforts were recognized by many in the sports world like WWE superstar Dolph Ziggler, Matchroom Sport boss Eddie Hearn, former UFC superstar Jake Ellenberger and current UFC welterweight Li Jiangliang–all of whom extended their support for him.

White and the UFC are in for a solid stretch of events this month beginning with UFC Vegas 62 on October 15 headlined by ranked women's flyweights Alexa Grasso and Viviane Araujo.

UFC 280 happens a week later, with the lightweight championship clash between Charles Oliveira and Islam Makhachaev being on the marquee.

Meanwhile, UFC Vegas 63 featuring featherweights Calvin Kattar and Arnold Allen is set to round out the month.

Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor
Conor McGregor says that he is now open to a a trilogy fight with Nate Diaz. UFC President Dana White (C) separates mixed martial artist Nate Diaz (L) and UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor (R) as they face off during their weigh-in for UFC 202 at MGM Grand Conference Center on August 19, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fighters will meet in a welterweight rematch on August 20, 2016, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Getty Images/Ethan Miller