Dana White seemed to be in a rather glum mood after the man who was hyped as the UFC’s ‘next big superstar’ was badly beaten in Boston.
After a truckload of UFC hype was thrust behind the ‘scariest man on the planet’, Francis Ngannou, Dana White didn’t seem best pleased after the ferocious Cameroonian was comfortably beaten by Stipe Miocic on Saturday night.
Heading into the bout, Joe Rogan had stated that it wasn’t a question of who could beat Ngannou but rather, how long they could last?
Countless promos seemed to focus on the challenger rather than the champion in the UFC’s main event and, speaking to Ariel Helwani in the weeks leading up to the fight, Miocic himself had stated that he felt the promotion was routing for Ngannou.
“Obviously, for sure, [the UFC want Ngannou to win]” Miocic said. “Listen, I feel a little bit disrespected, but I’m not going to dwell on it. He’s got more hype on him I guess.”
However, in the end, it was Miocic who showed his employers that they’d backed the wrong horse, comfortably dominating a five-round contest with the African giant and taking the decision victory on all three judges’ scorecards.
Such was the dominance of Miocic’s performance that the post-fight stats revealed that in the fourth round, the champion had landed 82 strikes while his opponent didn’t land a single blow.
Whether Ngannou’s star potential has been completely extinguished or not remains to be seen. However, speaking after the event, it was clear that Dana White was somewhat upset about the main event as he seemed to be in a very glum mood while speaking to Megan Olivi.
Discussing Ngannou’s loss, White seemed to suggest that the Cameroonian’s dismal cardio was down to a return flight he recently took from Vegas to France, while he almost reluctantly accepted that Stipe Miocic must now be regarded as the greatest heavyweight of all time.