UFC’s Dana White defends A-Rod

UFC president and lifelong Boston Red Sox fan Dana White raised
eyebrows tonight during his appearance on “FOX Sports Live,”
after professing his affection for Alex
Rodriguez
.

“I’m a friend of A-Rod’s,” White told Andy Roddick, defending
the
embattled Yankees third basemen after he was
hit by Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster’s 92 mph fastball on
Sunday.

“How does that work, being a Boston fan and a friend of
A-Rod’s?”, asked a puzzled Roddick. “Isn’t that a conflict of
interest?” White then informed the panelists of his battle against
Meniere’s disease, a debilitating inner-ear disorder, which he
revealed last year.

After a failed surgery in January
(WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO BELOW), White grew
increasingly desperate and sought experimental treatment. Enter
Alex Rodriguez.

“I was diagnosed a couple years ago with Meniere’s disease,
which is damage to the nerve, and A-Rod called me and said, ‘I went
to this place in Dusseldorf, Germany. Kobe Bryant sent me there.’
You know, you look at the list of athletes and people, Pope John
Paul went there. And you have to be referred to this place to get
in. He referred me to get in and completely changed my life. So for
all the negative things that are on A-Rod right now, the guy has
done some good things too. I like him and have a lot of respect for
him.”

According to White in
an April interview with FOX Sports Radio’s Jay
Mohr
, he returned from Germany “100 percent cured.” And ever
since, he’s been eternally grateful to the star of his arch
nemesis, the New York Yankees.

Watch the video clip above for White’s full FOX Sports Live
interview, where
he also broke news of former UFC light
heavyweight Lyoto Machida dropping down to middleweight to fight
Tim Kennedy at UFC Fight For The Troops on FOX Sports 1 this
November.