[ARCHIVES] Gangster who brought Dana White out of Boston dies in prison
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Here is a story posted that day three years ago about how one phone call changed Dana White’s life and therefore MMA history forever. The following article is brought to you in its original, unedited form, courtesy of MMA News Archives.
On this day three years ago …
[ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED OCTOBER 31, 2018, 9:06 AM]
The gangster who once chased Dana White out of Boston has passed away. NBC News reports that James “Whitey” Bulger, 89, was found dead in prison yesterday (Tuesday October 30, 2018). The Boston Globe suggests Bulger was indeed killed, however, authorities have yet to confirm the cause of his death.
He was recently transported to USP Hazelton federal prison in West Virginia, after serving the majority of his sentence in Florida. Bulger was one of America’s most wanted fugitives before he was arrested in 2011. The Boston-based Winter Hill Gang leader had been on the run for 16 years before his arrest. Bulger has been charged with 11 murders, 31 counts of racketeering and possession of firearms.
As a result, he was sentenced to two life sentences in 2013. Apparently UFC President Dana White had issues with Bulger in Boston. Prior to entering mixed martial arts (MMA), White found himself in $ 2,000 in debt to Bulger in 1995. Bulger’s right-hand man allegedly threatened White, who bought a plane ticket to Las Vegas immediately afterwards. .
Here’s how White described the ordeal during a 2015 appearance on “The Herd” (Going through Bloody elbow):
“I didn’t pay it,” White said. “It went on for a while, and one day I was at home and got a call and they said, ‘You owe us money tomorrow at 1:00 pm.
“I literally hung up, picked up the phone and called Delta and bought a ticket to Vegas.”
What do you think of the ordeal involving White and the Boston gangster?