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Dana White revisits first-ever place he worked and early days in Boston in latest edition of Lookin’ For A Fight

9 months ago By Sports Desk

Dana White wasn’t always the face of the world’s biggest MMA promotion. Before he became an authority in combat sports, White worked a humble job in one of Boston’s popular luxury hotels.

In a recent episode of the hit series Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight, which the UFC supremo hosts along with former champion Matt Serra and former contender Din Thomas, White visited his old workplace and revisited some memories from his time there. 

In the episode, Dana White took viewers on a tour of the Boston Harbour Hotel. White revealed that he worked there as a bellman during his teenage years and his job required him to welcome guests, carry their luggage and act as a concierge. Speaking about his first job, he said:

“So I worked at the Boston Harbour Hotel, it was one of the first jobs that I ever had. I was a bellman there. We used to take people’s bags up to their rooms. When they came in, we would check them in and check them out. I was like 18 or 19 years old when I worked there. It’s a 5-star hotel. Beautiful. The rooms are incredible. Restaurant’s great. Room service is amazing. It’s cool that I once worked there and now I get to stay there.” 

Catch White’s comments below (1:50):


Dana White on why he quit his bellman job at the Boston Harbour hotel 

As mentioned above, UFC president Dana White worked in the hospitality industry as a teenager. While his time as a bellman at the Boston Harbor Hotel was rewarding in its own way, White knew he wanted to make it big in the fight business. 

As an 18-year-old on the clock, White had a moment of clarity. Considering the monotony of his job and the lack of growth potential, White decided it was time to quit his job and pursue his dreams. 

In an interview with political analyst Candace Owens, Dana White opened up about his time working as a bellman. During their conversation, the UFC president outlined why and how he decided to leave his job, saying:

“One day, I was standing in the lobby, and I was like, ‘What the hell am I doing here?’. It was good money, a great hotel, great place to work, great place to stay. I just said, ‘This isn’t me. This isn’t what I want.’ I literally walked out the door and quit. I loved fighting, and I always wanted to be in the fight business.”

He continued:


“You work at a hotel, you gotta stand up against the lobby. Wait for people, ‘Can I help you with the bags’. I literally said, ‘What the hell am I doing here? Why am I doing this?”

Watch the full interview below:

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