‘It messed me up for a few days’ – Dana White gets emotional in tribute to MMA fighter killed in car crash

UFC president Dana White reacts to the death of 21-year-old MMA fighter Shalie Lipp.

By: Milan Ordoñez | 3 weeks ago
‘It messed me up for a few days’ – Dana White gets emotional in tribute to MMA fighter killed in car crash
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MMA fans rarely get to see Dana White’s emotional side. Recently, the usually brash-talking UFC president says he was rattled by a recent tragedy involving a young fighter killed at the prime of her career. 

White has been paying tribute to 21-year-old Shalie Lipp, an unfortunate mishap that he says left him “messed up for days.” 

Shalie Lipp killed in a car crash

Amateur fighter Shalie Lipp was killed in a two-car collision in Moorhead, MN on Sunday, May 9th. According to reports, she was one of two passengers aboard a 2017 Chevy Malibu when it hit another vehicle carrying three passengers, all of whom were purportedly uninjured. 

According to police investigation, Lipp was the only passenger killed because she wasn’t wearing a seatbelt. 

Dana White left “messed up for a few days”

White was asked about the story during the UFC on ABC 4 post-fight presser, since the UFC paid tribute to Lipp by putting her name on the Octagon door. As he told reporters, it was something that left him bothered for a short while. 

“That girl hurt me. Bad. It messed me up for a few days. Tragic things happen everyday. That one got me.” 

‘Dana White will know my name’

Local promoters have nothing but praises for Lipp, who had just begun her amateur career in 2021. With a record of 3-2, local promoters are already seeing big things for her future. 

“At 19 years old, she started fighting the top fighters in the Midwest. … She was someone everyone knew was going to go somewhere and end up in the UFC,” promoter Jeremy Bjornberg said of Lipp in a recent interview

The UFC boss got to speak with Lipp’s mother, who shared something she found in her daughter’s journal. White was left emotional as he recalled their interaction. 

“Her mom found her journal. And was reading her journal and at the end of every entry, she said, ‘Dana White will know my name.’ Mick (Maynard) got a call and called me and said, ‘Hey, I just wanted to tell you the story.’ I was just, like, (gutted). 

“So I posted about her and I’ve talked to her mom a couple of times. I’ll leave her mom alone, I think I’ve been annoying her mom since I found out. I did the best that I could do over the last several days to kind of… I’m not good with this kind of stuff.” 

Lipp had recently arrived from a month of training in Thailand, where she also fought in Muay Thai and won. She was supposed to compete in an upcoming MMA event on May 20th under Detroit Lakes-based promotion No Mercy.

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Milan Ordoñez
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Milan Ordoñez has been covering combat sports since 2012 and has been part of the Bloody Elbow staff since 2016. He’s also competed in amateur mixed martial arts and submission grappling tournaments.

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