UFC President Dana White: Women Fighters Are ‘Way Tougher Than The Men’

Women’s UFC isn’t as popular as men’s, but Dana White believes the competition is far fiercer.

The UFC president joined “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast Wednesday, and talked about Valerie Letourneau’s UFC 193 fight against strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, who landed a title-fight record 220 significant strikes. Letourneau obviously was bruised and battered, but White said he just couldn’t believe it when he visited her and a couple others in the hospital.

“I went to the hospital there and I had Joanna Jedrzejczyk there, I had Valerie Letourneau there and I had Ronda Rousey there,” White said, via MMA Junkie. “I’m walking from room to room going, ‘Jesus Christ, this is a crazy business we’re in, man.’ It’s just so crazy, these girls.

“Valerie Letourneau is — oh my God. Her eye was massive. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen, her eye. It was so bad. So then I’m like, ‘How’s your leg?’ Then she looks at me and pulls the covers over and shows me her leg. I’ve never seen anything like that. It was — I’m telling you, (she) is banged up right now.”

But White, who has made quite a few hospital visits as UFC president, believes women fighters handle pain much better than the men do.

“The women are tougher than the men,” White said. “Woman have babies for Christ’s sake. They’re way tougher than us. Way tougher than the men.”

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Thumbnail photo via Joanna Jedrzejczyk competes against Valerie Letourneau (blue gloves) during UFC 193 at Etihad Stadium.