‘The Journey’ to the UFC: How Dana White got me to train
How Dana is a master of cultivating fighters.
Dana has a way of getting you to train with him and when you do, you have a huge payoff.
I came to Dana White at UFC 207, the show where Conor McGregor won the belt.
I was looking forward to training with him, but I knew I had to prove myself.
I needed to show that I could compete with anyone, that I can take care of my body, that my mind was sharp.
I wasn’t getting any breaks.
When Dana approached me and said he wanted to talk about me training with Dana, I said I’d take it, because Dana is one of the most creative coaches in MMA, and he could help me become the best fighter in the world.
That was my biggest fear, that Dana would see me as a joke.
But I knew he was right.
He was just a man who believed in me.
That’s what made me feel so great about Dana, he was just telling me to go for it.
He is not the only one who is involved in the development of fighters, but his work with me has always been on point.
In the days before I went to training camp, he would come up to me and say, ‘Look, you need to work on your conditioning.
I want to work with you.’
He said, ‘Go for it.’
That was the moment I felt like I was going to become the next Conor McGregor.