UFC president Dana White, along with the rest of his crew, made the trip from Las Vegas to Phoenix for Saturday night’s UFC on FOX 13 card.
They witnessed an incredible five-round war between heavyweights Junior dos Santos and Stipe Miocic, as the former UFC heavyweight champion came out on top. Still, White told FOX Sports 1 after there were no real losers in the bout that saw the judges come into play.
Miocic appeared to control the opening rounds of the fight, but “Cigano” returned the favor with his excellent striking and takedown defense.
“I think they had it right. I think dos Santos won. He took a lot of damage in that fight. A couple of those rounds were close. If that was a three-round fight, Stipe might have won two rounds to one, but Stipe kind of shut down at the end,” White said. “(Miocic’s stock went up as) he just went five rounds with the baddest dude in the world not named Cain Velasquez.”
Nate Diaz and Rafael dos Anjos comprised the co-main event despite Diaz badly missing weight. The former contender cited a training injury for his lack of offense.
“There’s a laundry list of issues with Diaz. But I’ll say this, he’s tough to knock out. Dos Anjos should have been arrested for attempted murder there,” he said. “Diaz needs to get his head together or retire. But we’re in business with him right now still.”
White also added that Joanna Jedrzejczyk will be given the next shot at newly-crowned UFC strawweight champion Carla Esparza after her decision win vs. Claudia Gadelha Saturday night.
“She absolutely is (the No. 1 contender),” White said, “and I’m a big fan of her.”