Dana White, UFC President, speaks during a press conference to announce commitment to bring UFC to Madison Square Garden and New York State at Madison Square Garden on January 13, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)more pics » Dana White (Getty Images)
Turning a ruthless bloodsport into an international phenomenon is no small task, but UFC president Dana White
made mixed-martial arts one of the biggest sports in the world, which explains why he shows up at number 38 in AskMen's 49 Most Influential Men of 2011
Just how did White increase UFC's hold on the sports world in 2011? First, he helped legalize MMA in Toronto, one of the biggest television markets for the sport, then he held UFC 129 at Toronto's Rogers Centre, which drew more than 55,000 fans. On top of that, White signed a major broadcasting deal with FOX, which will surely expose a whole new demographic to a sport that has all but overtaken boxing.
AskMen's 2011 list of the Top 49 Most Influential Men was based on more than 200,000 reader votes, as well as intense deliberation among the website's editorial staff. This year's list brings together a diverse range of individuals from all walks of life. Whether it's a tech visionary, celebrity, or road cyclists, each of these men helped define 2011.
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