UFC president Dana White is very proud of his newest project, Power Slap.
Dana White is best known as the president of the UFC but now he is also the man in charge of a new combat sports organization, Power Slap. This new league is slap-fighting and has caught the eye of many people in the combat sports world. People either love Power Slap or hate it. On social media, it may seem that people are not on board with this new extreme “sport” but Dana White says otherwise. White spoke with Robbie Fox on YouTube about the growth of Power Slap and dealing with the haters.
“We’re going into our sixth episode here and I mean the numbers have been off the charts,” he said. “For us over a billion views on social media. I mean on Instagram alone it’s doing 38.5 million views a week and on Tik Tok alone we’re at almost a billion and you know Rumble has the international rights for it and those numbers are up around 10 million views, so this thing works.”
Dana White is not worried about the safety of his Power Slap athletes
Dana White compared his television numbers to those of the NBA and put them right in the same ballpark. The concern surrounding this new venture is less on the marketability of the league and more on the safety portion for many people. White began this new league and worked hard to get it sanctioned by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. It is now regulated and although many people seem to have a problem with the lack of self-defense involved, White knows he is taking every precaution.
“I didn’t invent slap fighting, slap fighting’s been around for 10 years,” he said. “What happens is when somebody like me and the Fertitta Brothers come in we clean it up, we make it better. The Nevada State Athletic Commission regulates it to make sure it’s safer, the fighters get paid, and many many other great things that these athletic commissions do that’s why we always ran toward regulation. It’s always fascinating to me when grown men try to tell other f–king grown men what they should or shouldn’t do.”
White is often comparing Power Slap to the UFC when it first started. He mentioned that people were not on board with MMA when it first came on the scene and he feels the same can be said for slap fighting. He makes his case for the safety of all his combat sports ventures.
“2001 when we bought the company to 2023, zero deaths and zero serious injuries in the UFC. In boxing 2001 to 2023, 34 deaths so nobody has a better safety health and safety record than I do,” he said. “And you know we’re going to do the same thing for, so that’s the other thing when we bring these guys we put them through a full, top to bottom medical testing before, during, and after the fight. When you do that and you actually spend that money it takes a lot of the, you can control the health and safety aspect of it better. These guys right now that, like Adam Hill who thinks that this shouldn’t be regulated by athletic commissions these guys were fighting in like bars and basements and no medical testing whatsoever and some of them were doing it for no money.”
White is planning to continue to promote and put on Power Slap events. He sees a future in this project and has aspirations of it being as successful as the UFC one day.