Dana White Doesn’t “Know Why” Stipe Miocic Feels Disrespected by UFC
By FCF Staff
Stipe Miocic has been critical of the UFC over several issues in the last year or so, but the promotion’s president, Dana White, says he doesn’t see why the former champ feels slighted.
Miocic sat out part of 2017 due to a contract dispute with the UFC, and he was critical of how the promotion promoted his January 20th bout with Francis Ngannou. More recently, the Ohio fighter blasted the UFC’s decision to give Brock Lenar a title shot, rather than grant him an immediate rematch with Daniel Cormier.
During a recent episode of the UFC’s “Unfiltered” podcast, however, White had this to say about Miocic (quotes via MMA Weekly):
“I don’t know why Stipe always feels like we’re disrespecting him, which we’re not,” White said.” “We have a lot of respect for Stipe. I think he feels like it took him a very long time to get his title shot and he felt like it took longer than it should have. Every time I turn around, he feels disrespected. He’s anything but disrespected. Complete opposite. I don’t know.
“Obviously, you saw that we set up the fight with Cormier to fight Brock. That would have been Stipe, if Stipe won the fight. It’s no disrespect to Stipe, it’s just something that was in place before that fight even happened.”
Lesnar has been tapped for a title shot despite the fact he has no official wins on his record since 2010, and is completing a suspension from USADA.