Whitey Bulger

Boston homecoming shows White's rapid rise as head of UFC

Dana White is looking for a staircase. He remembers there are steps leading to the gym he once rehabilitated, around the corner from the justice building where Will Hunting made a mockery of the court. Had you not known White was UFC 's maestro of mayhem, he'd be mistaken for just another guy from Southie. Bald, Patriots jacket and T-shirt, poking around for a way into a building without an invitation. But it's Boston, so of course, White knows a guy.

The keys soon arrive — and so do a few stragglers who notice the UFC president, take snapshots and lobby the leader of a $4 billion company on future fights.

White could be one of them, because for 10 years he was...