“Dana White You Got My Phone Number”- Tokyo Olympics 2020 Champion Gable Steveson on Move to UFC

Published 08/24/2021, 12:36 PM EDT
CHIBA, JAPAN – AUGUST 06: Gable Dan Steveson of Team United celebrates defeating Geno Petriashvili of Team Georgia during the Men’s Freestyle 125kg Gold Medal Match on day fourteen of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Makuhari Messe Hall on August 06, 2021 in Chiba, Japan. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


Gable Steveson is a man on demand at the moment. Steveson won the heavyweight freestyle wrestling gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Promotions like the UFC, Bellator MMA, and even WWE have explained their desire to sign him since.

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Recently, Steveson was set to meet Dana White for a meeting. However, the duo couldn’t eventually meet. Steveson explained why it didn’t happen in a recent chat with Ariel Helwani. He also said that the UFC President has his number in case the latter wants to connect with him.

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Meeting did not happen. I got to Vegas, and I was on go, the whole day. So I had no time to reach out or nothing,” said Stevenson. “He’s got my number. He could reach out,” he added.

“Like I said, I wait my turn. Dana, you got my phone number, you got my Instagram. I don’t run to people. I do my job, I wrestle, I win championships,” Steveson said further.

Can Gable Steveson be a challenge for the top UFC heavyweights?

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The likes of Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane are the top names in the heavyweight division of the UFC. There is also former champion Stipe Miocic. Jon Jones has also teased a move up to the division. Each one of those fighters possesses a unique challenge for their opponents.

While Ngannou is a one-shot knockout artist, the rest are arguably more well-rounded. Gable Steveson is certainly a man with unmatched wrestling credentials. But, if that’s enough for MMA, it remains to be seen. He will certainly have to polish up his striking before making a move to the UFC.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MARCH 27: Francis Ngannou of Cameroon reacts after his victory over Stipe Miocic in their UFC heavyweight championship fight during the UFC 260 event at UFC APEX on March 27, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Top Olympic wrestlers like Henry Cejudo, Daniel Cormier, and more have been immensely successful after their transition to MMA. Fans can’t wait to see if Steveson can follow the same path. However, one can’t deny fight fans are buzzed to see the talented wrestler make his way to the Octagon.

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Apratim Banerjee

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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