‘I Don’t Think He Likes Me’- Stipe Miocic Opens Up About His Relationship With UFC President Dana White

Published 07/23/2021, 5:31 AM EDT
ANAHEIM, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 17: Stipe Miocic is interviewed after his TKO victory over Daniel Cormier in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 241 event at the Honda Center on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Francis Ngannou dethroned Stipe Miocic as the UFC heavyweight champion at UFC 260. This was the rematch where Ngannou avenged his 2018 decision loss with a devastating knockout. After the dust settled, UFC tried to book a super fight between Jon Jones and Francis Ngannou. However, following a failed negotiation, UFC moved forward with an interim title match between two top heavyweights. It was quite noticeable that they avoided giving the former champion an immediate rematch.

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Stipe Miocic is the most accomplished UFC heavyweight champion of all time, yet the Cleveland native finds himself deserted by the company.

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In a recent podcast session, Miocic opened up about his relations with Dana White. He said, “Yeah, so we’ll have that interim belt now and then I guess they’re gonna fight. And then Dana out of nowhere said I get the winner of the interim and Francis fight. I am like woo you know because like you Dana White neither.”

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Stipe Miocic continued, “I don’t think he likes me because I know every time earlier I was like dude me Jake you Cleveland just to see you know just throw it out there. Let’s do, kill it we’ll make some money, he’s like f**k that I was like ok. You don’t like him either.

When Stipe Miocic denied Dana White to wrap the title around his waist

Dana White and Stipe Miocic have had their differences since 2018. This was the time when ‘The Predator’ was about to face Miocic at UFC 220. In the build-up of the fight, the UFC promoted Francis Ngannou for his punching power. Hence, Stipe was seen as an underdog in the fight.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: (R-L) Stipe Miocic punches Francis Ngannou of Cameroon in their heavyweight championship bout during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Brandon Magnus/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

The former champion stood tall against all odds and convincingly defeated his opponent. Later, when the UFC president Dana White tried to wrap the belt around his waist, Miocic took the belt and handed it to his coach to do the honors.

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Ever since then, the pair has shared a bitter-sweet relationship. Although Stipe Miocic feels Dana White doesn’t like him, the UFC president has never spoken harsh words about Stipe Miocic. Yet what happens behind the scenes is still unknown.

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What do you make out of the whole scenario?

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Saurabh Singh

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Saurabh Singh Laledia is an MMA enthusiast who works as a UFC writer for EssentiallySports. His passion for the UFC infused with his knowledge of various fight styles such as Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu motivated him to pursue a career in combat sports journalism, as it would be where he could exhibit his expert views and unbiased opinions whilst keeping the fan’s perspective alive. He started watching the sport at UFC 53 in 2005 when ‘The Ace’ Rich Franklin beat Evan Turner to claim the belt and has traced the journey of the middleweight title right from 'The Spider' to 'The Last Stylebender'.

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