John Madden dies at 85: Dana White, MMA notables pay tribute to legendary NFL coach and analyst

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The NFL announced Hall of Fame coach and broadcasting legend John Madden died Tuesday morning at 85 years old.

Madden had a profound influence on the game of football both on and off the field. A popular yearly football video game bears his name, but his legacy was cemented as one of the best coaches in the history of professional football, leading the Oakland Raiders to victory in Super Bowl XI.

Football and MMA have a few parallels as some fighters spent time on the gridiron while many others are fans of the game. Here are some reactions to the news of Madden’s death from those in the MMA space who felt his impact.

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Dana White

Daniel Cormier

Michael Chiesa

Julian Marquez

Terrance McKinney

Vinc Pichel

Dustin Jacoby

Ike Villanueva

Jessica Eye

Malki Kawa

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