New work: Michael Muller shoots Ultimate Fighting king Dana White for Esquire

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Presidents come in all shapes and sizes. Here, for example, is the president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. His name is Dana White.

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Dana White, president of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Photograph by Michael Muller.

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And this is how writer Mike Sager describes him in a feature he wrote for the February 2010 “People Who Matter” issue of Esquire:

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“Equal parts Don King, Oliver Twist, and South Boston gym rat, [White] is the heart and soul of the UFC — a man who is living his adolescent dreams. He is forty years old, five-eleven, 205; his strength as an amateur boxer, he says, was his ability to take a punch. He still benches 340, though the six-pack is a memory. He wears a T-shirt and ripped jeans, a colorful pair of low-top Pumas. His head is stubble-shaved, as are his meaty forearms, ’cause i’m a fukn gorilla,’ he will later text.”

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I mean, you read that and you look at that portrait, and you just want to eat a Manwich and wipe your hands on your clothes after. Gorilla-style.

But this White, his face really changes when he smiles. Like in this picture Michael took on the set of the shoot in Las Vegas:

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Dana White (second from left) with his pals. Photo by Michael Muller.

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As you can see, White’s face pretty much fully recovered from being bashed with a shovel during a fight when he was a kid. More on that, and on the hard work of this beefy president, in Sager’s colorful article. Meanwhile, here’s a short behind-the-scenes video from Michael’s shoot.

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Click on image to access video.

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