UFC president Dana White is known for his hectic schedule and incredible work ethic. However, his battle with Meniere’s disease has made maintaining his usual standard of productivity increasingly difficult. For that reason, he will be having surgery performed to correct the condition as soon as he returns to the United States after this Saturday’s UFC 153 event in Brazil.
White made the announcement earlier today on to his official Twitter account, saying, “Saw the Dr today about my menieres and I’m getn the surgery when I get home from Brazil!!!!! #getmyf**nlifeback.”
Meniere’s disease primarily affects the inner ear, with common symptoms including disorientation, impaired hearing, poor balance, vertigo, tinnitus, dizziness and the like. Many UFC fans first learned that White was struggling with the condition at the UFC on Fuel TV 3 show this past May in Fairfax, Virginia. It was the first UFC event since White became president of the organization that he did not personally attend. He commented, “I didn’t miss a fight for 11 years. I’ve had the flu, I’ve had food poisoning, I’ve had everything. I’ve never experienced anything like that in my life and I don’t ever want to experience that again.”
Although White and his doctors had hoped to be able to treat the condition without surgery and the recovery period that necessarily accompanies surgery, those efforts appear to have been unsuccessful. After this weekend, the UFC has no events scheduled until November 10, giving White a few weeks to heal and recover. Doctors recommend a month-long recovery period, but White says he will be back to work within two weeks.