Written by Cameron Gidari
Over the past few months, UFC president Dana White has reconciled with Tito Ortiz and Affliction. Now, White has mended another burned bridge.
White spoke with Pat Miletich at the UFC 101 weigh-ins, and the result could be Miletich back in the octagon.
“We were finally able to talk and get some things out of the way so it was good,” Miletich told MMAMadness.com.
“We touched on me potentially fighting in the UFC again, but nothing was concrete,” Miletich said. “The door was left open, so that was good.”
Miletich has not fought in the UFC since 2002, when he suffered a TKO loss to Matt Lindland.
Much of the bitterness between Miletich and White resurfaced when a recent E:60 piece on ESPN, where Miletich was quoted as saying that nothing White had ever told him was true. White responded by calling Miletich a “(expletive) dummy.”
However, Miletich explained that ESPN’s use of that interview was misleading.
“The interview from the E:60 piece was really, really old,” Miletich said. ”It was like a year and a half old at least. It was just something that got brought back out and aired.”
“That just kind of put gas on fire,” Miletich said. “Obviously he's going to react negatively to that, so I said, ‘we've got to squash this.’”
With the relationship apparently healed, Miletich is now mulling over whether to return to fighting. He is certain that a repaired relationship is beneficial to everyone.
“I think it's always good for all of us to at least coincide as best we can and get along because it's for the benefit of everybody,” Miletich said. “It's always better to have friends than enemies.”