The duo were historically alleged to have been on bad terms after suggestions of a rivalry between the WWE and the UFC. And White recalled an incident in which McMahon was alleged to have called him out for a fight at a UFC 158 presser in 2011.
“Vince wanted to fight me—swear to God. He called me up, said, ‘Let’s do it. We can do it in the UFC, or let’s do it at WrestleMania.’ And I said, ‘You are crazy,” White stated
Since then, the duo have come a long way. The merger between the WWE and the UFC to form TKO Group Holdings, Inc, has seen both men come together. It is hoped that MMA fans will see crossover bouts between the sport’s biggest stars. And that partnership did result in a shift of White’s thinking towards the wrestling legend.
“My history with Vince isn’t a good one. He tried to f**k me so many times for no reason whatsoever except just to f**k me. But that’s in the past. Now that Vince and I are allies, no one’s been a better partner than Vince. Since day one of the deal, it’s like I’m dealing with a different guy. It goes to show that when you oppose him, or he thinks you are opposing him, the guy comes after you blindly. Once you are aligned, Vince is an incredible partner.
“We’ve probably spoken on the phone 20 times since the dea. It’s all added-value conversation–with Vince doing work and raising the bar for both companies. … Vince McMahon, man, he’s an absolute savage. Even with the stuff that went down with us in the past, I respect it. I love killers. He’s definitely a killer. He’s the Michael Jordan of the business world,” White stated
And yet, McMahon denied suggestions that the relationship had been turbulent in the first place. Instead, McMahon doubled down on his respect towards White, with the aim of doing what was best for the wider organization moving forward.
“Busting his chops? Please, I don’t do business that way. I don’t bust anybody’s chops unless they get in the way. Dana and I get along very, very well. He’s really a good guy. We’re good partners and good businessmen. (If) you’re good businessmen, you get along,” McMahon said
He literally wanted to have a ppv fist fight w dana
— Hen Ramirnight (@HRamirnight) October 30, 2023
Vince is a ruthless genius.
— Dan (@d12dan20) October 29, 2023
Even Dana back in the day said Vince was insane and wanted to do some crazy WWE/UFC crossover stuff, he said he's on another level
There's only one Vince McMahon. Nobody can top him imo. Just an absolute savage.
— Brandon (@On_Brand_) October 28, 2023