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,”


target="_blank">after professing his affection for Alex


“I’m a friend of A-Rod’s,” White told Andy Roddick, defending



target="_blank">embattled Yankees third basemen after he was

hit by Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster’s 92 mph fastball on


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“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


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


According to White in


target="_blank">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


target="_blank">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