White believes teams also deserve credit for backing their fighters in recent years
Whilst Dana White can be quick to criticize fighters at times, he also gives them a lot of praise when they step up to the plate when called upon.
UFC 294 and 295 were incredible examples of that this year where both cards had major changes to the top fights just weeks before fight night.
Top-level competitors signing on the dotted line to risk it all on two weeks’ notice is part of what makes MMA so different from anything else.
While that credit has to go to the fighters, White also believes that this praise needs to go to the coaches surrounding them.
He believes that fighters have always been the do first and ask questions later type but now their teams are also willing to pull that trigger.
The attitude of Khabib Nurmagomedov has passed on to the stable of fighters that he helped bring through at AKA.
Lightweight champion Islam Makhachev is often found repeating the same mantra as his friend and mentor in being willing to prove that he is the best time and time again.
During an interview with TNT Sports, White highlighted Nurmagomedov’s team and another mainstay camp in MMA over the past few years as two stables that aren’t afraid to let their actions do the talking.
“If you really have fighters that train hard, you know that they’re good, you know they’re the best in the world, they should be ready to fight anybody, anywhere. It’s like Khabib said, when you’re the best, when you’re looked at and you have that belt and you’re the champ, take on all comers no matter what. Adesanya’s camp, that’s a gangster camp. Those guys are ready to go anytime, anywhere, pick up the phone. But there’s a lot of camps out there like that now, it didn’t exist 10 years ago.”
City Kickboxing in New Zealand has been a stand-out gym over the past few years and with the likes of Israel Adesanya, Alexander Volkanovski - at times - and Dan Hooker on their mats, it has a reputation for always being game.