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Pat Miletich: “It doesn’t do the UFC any good to chop the legs out from possibly their biggest star, because he doesn’t take a last minute replacement fight.”

One of the true sages in Mixed Martial Arts is unquestionably Pat Miletich. The 46-year old has held UFC gold, founded one of the most respected gyms in the sport’s history, and spent years immersed neck-deep in the business. He’s also the kind of man who never fails to speak honestly.

Miletich was recently asked for his take on the cancellation of UFC 151 and gave an answer many might not expect to hear from an individual drawing a Zuffa paycheck. Rather than blame Jon Jones, Miletich showed full support for the light heavyweight champion while faulting the UFC for not only depending so heavily on a single fighter but throwing him under the bus when things went sour.

“I understand the pressure that Zuffa is under with the FOX deal, FX deal, and all that stuff. By putting on a massive number of cards, I think they’ve stretched themselves a bit thin. The quality of the cards has gone down, and I think everybody has noticed that, not just myself. When you have a card that is only carried by one match, given the attrition rate in MMA, the injuries in training, they kind of set themselves up for the fall,” explained Miletich in an interview with Bloody Elbow.

“They need to hold themselves accountable. It’s become a bit of a habit, of late, by the leaders, to blame others for their problems, instead of letting people hold them accountable,” continued Miletich, noting the differences between Chael Sonnen and Dan Henderson in terms of size, skill-set, and stance, while also stating Jones was well within his rights to decline the duel.

“It doesn’t do the UFC any good to chop the legs out from possibly their biggest star, because he doesn’t take a last minute replacement fight,” he added. “There was nothing to gain for his career. I think it’s organizational suicide to do that to your biggest star.”


  • Screenplaya says:

    Never been a huge Miletich fan, but he is absolutely right in everything he says here. Dana needs to grow up a little bit. I enjoy his enthusiasm, but when it boils over into shitting on his fighters as he is doing with JBJ and Roy Nelson, he needs to learn to show them some respect. It is bad business, espcially when the obvious problem with 151 was that the card was weak.

    Dana should apologize and admit that the UFC is just suffering some growing pains that are not the fault of the fighters.

  • Sumoninja says:

    I agree with everything except that “There was nothing to gain for his career.” I think it would’ve gained Jones a ton of respect, given the situation, and also likely resulted in another checkmark in the W column, plus CASH. UFC screwed up with a weak card, and Jones should’ve fought. Now they’re BOTH taking the PR hit, and rightfully so, I think.

  • darth_irritable says:

    How long till Miletich fighters start getting Fitched? a la Golden Glory…

  • AlphaOmega says:

    Or how long til Zuffa fires Miletich as commentator for SF now.

  • Rece Rock says:

    He is a show time employee… Otherwise Shamrock would have been axed a while ago.

  • They should axe shamrock anyway, it’d make SF easier to watch

  • Lord Faust says:

    Shamrock really doesn’t seem to care; he sounds like a guy just collecting a paycheque.

    If Zuffa / Dana had any pull there, Mauro and Shamrock would have been axed the moment the ink dried on the Zuffa / Strikeforce contract.

    Militech is a great commentator, and the only thing holding the SF broadcasts together, as literally everyone else is either apathetic (Shamrock), not good (Androl), or outlandish (Ranallo).

  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Sumoninja Jones is taking a PR hit becuz of Dana throwing a tanty and publicly dishing out that PR hit. Jones had nothing to gain from beating Sonnen becuz he would be expected to win easily by the general public but Sonnen is a difficult fighter and needs to be properly trained for. To expect Jones to just take a fight like this is completely unreasonable and if it wasnt for the fact that the UFC had put together such a weak card and therefore was cancelled when Hendo and Jones did not fight, it would not be an issue. If the card went ahead, would you be so upset Jones didnt fight Sonnen on short notice? No you wouldnt and so this means to me that you are blaming Jones for yhe UFCs mistake.


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