“Jon Anik had a meltdown…” Dana White reacts to veteran employee dealing with pressure from media and fans

UFC CEO Dana White talks about the chaos in UFC and how he thrived in it and also addressed the Jon Anik incident.


“Jon Anik had a meltdown…” Dana White reacts to veteran employee dealing with pressure from media and fans

Dana White on Jon Anik ( Image via Imago/X )

Dana White took the UFC to the place that it is today. And that came with a lot of pressure, hard work, and chaos. However, color commentator Jon Anik recently reached his limit and Dana White addressed it. Here is what happened:

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UFC CEO Dana White recently spoke with the Las Vegas Review-Journal at the NFL’s Radio Row. There, he talked about his love for the sport and briefly mentioned the drama surrounding Jon Anik and how he liked to thrive in chaos. This is what Dana White said:

John Anik had sort of a meltdown a couple of weeks ago about the fans. I love this stuff though, I love it, you know I play this little game with the media too. I love it man I don't know I love this stuff. Love getting up every day and battling. I love the problems like UFC 300... It's almost like I thrive in chaos. If there isn't chaos I'll create.

Anik recently criticized the negativity of MMA fans for how some reacted to his opinions on UFC 297. Anik later apologized on Instagram, saying he was in a heightened emotional state after allegations of bias toward Dricus Du Plessis. Soon, Anik apologized for getting emotional and calling the fanbase the ‘lowest common denominator.’

Dana White felt criticism and hate were part of the sport and he got up every day to battle it. Any fanbase will have toxic traits. Dana White’s approach to handling hate and criticism needs to be commended.

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UFC CEO Dana White reveals the wild first fight of UFC 300

Dana White recently announced that the first fight of UFC 300 will feature a showdown between Deiveson Figueiredo and Cody Garbrandt. White has described the fight as a pretty wild fight to open UFC 300 with. Both fighters are former champions. Figueiredo is a two-time flyweight champion, and Garbrandt previously ended Dominick Cruz‘s six-year reign as bantamweight champion. 

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Meanwhile, there are other interesting matchups in the fight card. Justin Gaethje will defend his BMF title against Max Holloway in their lightweight matchup. Aleksandar Rakic will fight against Jiri Prochazka for the first time in almost two years.

Aljamain Sterling will step up to the featherweight division to face Calvin Kattar. And Jim Miller will face Bobby Green in another lightweight matchup. UFC 300 will take place this April at the T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada. It will be interesting to see how this mega-event goes down in the octagon.

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