Joe Rogan is one of the most interesting and knowledgeable human beings. Having amassed an incredible amount of knowledge and wisdom during his time, Rogan has also been a teacher for many. However, his teachings inadvertently almost affected his boss and close friend, Dana White.
For those unaware, Rogan was something of a fighting man himself during his heydays. A Taekwondo practitioner, the UFC color commentator began training other people very early on. As he recalls, Rogan was already training other people when he was only 19 years old.
Speaking on episode #2072 of The Joe Rogan Experience with Stavros Halkias, Rogan spoke about training a hitman. “I used to train a man who was a hitman for Whitey Bulger. He would ask me if I wanted to hit someone, to kill him, where would I hit him. I said probably the neck, and he said, ‘I think so too’.”
For the most part, this specific individual was not the only person from the Irish mob that Rogan trained. As for the hitman he referred to earlier,and Rogan talked about taking a life at length. Eventually, they both came to the conclusion that numerous strikes to the neck were likely the way to go.
Whitey Bulger and his feud with Dana White
Unfortunately, Rogan’s actions could have had some serious consequences for his to-be UFC boss Dana White. As mentioned previously, the hitman training with Rogan worked for Whitey Bulger. For those unaware, Bulger was a notorious Irish-American organized crime boss who led the Winter Hill Gang.
During the mid-1960s to the 1990s, Whitey primarily operated out of South Boston. To properly assess the threat level of Whitey, he was included on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list in 1999. Moreover, he was also placed second behind Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks. As for Whitey himself, he was said to be involved in loan sharking, bookmaking, truck hijacking, arms trafficking and extortion.
Around the same time, the UFC head honcho was trying to make a go of things himself. Having opened a boxing gym with a fighter named Peter Welch, White would try to teach kids about the sport.
In a troublesome neighborhood, White and his partner tried to do good for the kids by teaching them about respect and other qualities. As it would happen, Kevin Weeks, Whitey’s right-hand man went in and blackmailed White for money.
Running what was essentially a charity, White had no means to pay the lofty amounts demanded from him. Finally, after repeated threats, Dana had no choice but to book a flight and flee to Vegas. Eventually, Dana would go on to meet the Fertitta brothers and begin the acquisition of the UFC in 2001. On the other hand, it was Weeks himself that testified against Whitey in 2011 after his arrest