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Paranoid lunatic? Dana White owns up to mistreating Pat Miletich prior to UFC hall of fame induction

And it only took eight years!

Esther Lin

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White once called former welterweight champion Pat Miletich a "paranoid lunatic," while bagging on the "Croatian Sensation" for his role in the now-defunct International Fight League (IFL).

Read those comments here.

But time heals all wounds, and the "Sin City" fight boss has finally admitted his mistreatment of the mixed martial arts (MMA) pioneer, telling the gang at MMA Fight Corner that not only was he at fault for their falling out, but that he's also apologized several times.

"Pat's been sideways with us for a while and it's 100-percent my fault. I picked him and another guy to be coaches of a season of The Ultimate Fighter and then I switched it and then I didn't handle it the right way. I apologized to him many times. I respect Pat Millitech a lot. I fully owned up to hurting the relationship. He deserves to be inducted and I'm exited to do it."

Consider the hatchet buried.

Miletich (29-7-2, 8-2 UFC), who first appeared inside the Octagon way back in 1998, will (finally) be inducted into the UFC Hall of Fame as part of the UFC Fan Expo this weekend (July 5-6, 2014) inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Maybe there's hope for Tim Sylvia after all!