UFC President Dana White has been in the negotiating business for the last 20 some years and it is safe to say he knows a thing or two about that.
Some of the biggest mixed martial artists have cross paths with White on numerous occasions with the man himself who many believe is the ultimate matchmaker in the company, especially when it comes to the big fights and Pay-Per-Views.
Recently White talked about all the things that went of behind the scenes in terms of negotiating contracts and fights with one of the biggest stars in the MMA world.
Asked who was the toughest and who was the easiest fighter to negotiate with, White said this:
“Mark Hunt and Forrest Griffin. You can guess which is which”
Hunt, of course, has had a weird and winding road in and out of the UFC. The promotion didn’t want to assume his Pride contract, offering him a six-figure buyout to walk away. He wouldn’t take it though, determined to prove his worth in the cage, and he carved out a long and lucrative career in the Octagon. But his departure was just as tumultuous, leading to lawsuits and a lot of animosities.
Griffin, meanwhile, is a Hall of Famer and still employed by the UFC – probably due in part to how easy he was to deal with.