Should have worked in the leg kicks, they practiced them. Did the UFC really want Francis Ngannou to win at UFC 220? Dana White and his reaction cageside to Stipe beating down Francis says something.
The beef between Dana White and Stipe Miocic may go deeper than we think. Besides the “belt snatch heard around the world”, both ESPN and Yahoo Sports ran post-UFC 220 stories revolving around Stipe vs. Dana.
First up ESPN:
“But Miocic’s dislike of White could end up being a blessing in disguise for both Miocic and the UFC if Mioic simply stays true to himself and tells the world what he really thinks of White. Miocic isn’t much of a trash-talker. He has no ill will towards his opponents and will always shake their hand at weigh-ins and at press conferences and sing their praises. He never elicits the kind of drama that will draw in casual fans and boost the pay-per-view buy rate.
But there’s nothing about the way he has been treated by White and UFC that is artificial. He was clearly disrespected going into Saturday’s fight, and it clearly was on his mind afterwards.”
Then over to Yahoo:
“Does that mean Miocic doesn’t believe Dana White respects him?
“I don’t know, I don’t really care,” Miocic said.
Miocic did not hide his feelings that he had heard enough about Ngannou in the pre-fight hype this week.
The UFC, the Miocic camp felt, saw this night as some kind of coronation, the start of the Ngannou era, where this mountain of a man would deliver a Mike Tyson-style knockout to electrify the heavyweight division and future pay-per-view sales. There is little question the 6-4, 263-pound Ngannou can deliver the highlight-reel finishes due to his supreme power.”
Now look at Dana White’s face of agony as Stipe beats on Francis late in the five round fight. You can pinpoint the exact moment White’s heart breaks.