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Local business award taps UFC president

Toronto-based Top Choice Awards declared UFC president Dana White the 2011 Businessman of the Year Thursday.

Toronto-based Top Choice Awards declared UFC president Dana White the 2011 Businessman of the Year Thursday.

Top Choice said the award was presented during a press conference at the Direct Energy Centre on the Exhibition grounds because both sides have “crazy busy” schedules.

“Wow! Businessman of the year? Really? It’s an honour to accept this award ... it’s a real award and it’s legitimate. Thank you so much,” White said.

As the company’s executive face, White has been key in making the UFC one of the fastest growing leagues in the world. Saturday’s UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre sold out all 55,000 seats.

David Silvestre, CEO of Top Choice Media Group, said meeting White was “in many ways a dream come true.”

“He is a strong man with a unique sense of business, no wonder Canadians chose him …”

 
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