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Video: Dana White discusses Muhammad Ali’s impact on combat sports


The world lost a legend on Friday night, when the great Muhammad Ali passed away at age 74.

Since his passing, many have been commenting on the legacy of Ali and the impact he made on everything he was ever involved with. His biggest direct impact in the sports world came in combat sports, where he will always be one of the admired boxers of all-time.

One of the men who has always praised Muhammad Ali is UFC president Dana White.

White, who has a boxing background, spoke on Ali’s legacy and impact on combat sports Brett Okamoto of ESPN late Friday night while in California for UFC 199.

“I think that Muhammad Ali changed the face of combat sports forever. A lot of guys didn’t have a lot of personality back in the day; he was charismatic, he was incredible,” White said. “You know, he is a guy who was known around the world, one of the most famous human beings to ever live.

“Anyone who has ever been involved in combat sports I think is a huge fan of Muhammad Ali.”

This is just a small taste of the kind words and tributes you will hear about the legend in the coming days. It’s tough to lose someone who has made as much of an impact in the world as Muhammad Ali, but his true greatness was spreading a message of love and peace. That’s something we can all do our part in ensuring it lives on forever.

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    Josh studied journalism at Seton Hill University. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Campus Sports. Josh is currently a member of the FWAA and USBWA. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated,,, and many others.
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