Of the many personalities in the world of mixed martial arts, none may be more important or influential than that of UFC color commentator Joe Rogan. Besides for his wildly famous podcast, Rogan is a comedian, actor, martial artist, and all around intelligent guy.
When Joe Rogan comments on something regarding MMA, the fans tend to listen. Whether they agree with Rogan’s sentiment is of course dependent on the circumstances, but his opinion is important nonetheless.
The major MMA news of this past week was undoubtedly the UFC 178 media day brawl, video here, between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. The two men who will face off against each other for the light heavyweight title in September started round 1 during their first stare down at the MGM Grand.
Stages were mangled, UFC representatives were thrown to the floor, fists were thrown, and the fans were in a frenzy. While the pay-per-view buys for the event certainly gained a boost, the UFC’s image and MMA’s image as a whole likely took a hit.
Joe Rogan commented on the brawl on his most recent podcast, stating that it is not a good look for the sport (Courtesy of Reddit user PeeInAGi)
This is real bad for the sport. It’s real bad. It’s real bad for public perception, it’s a weapon to be used against MMA. There’s such a negative connotation attached to what that is. That’s just violence. The difference between that kind of violence and the violence of a sport is that everyone is agreeing to this scenario.
That’s a streetfight. That’s a world champion Mixed Martial Arts fighter and an Olympic Wrestler, and they’re street fighting. That’s bad for everybody. That’s bad for wrestling, that’s bad for MMA, that’s bad for sports.
Although Rogan came out strongly against the brawl, he did backtrack on that stance slightly:
Does it bum me out? No. No, it doesn’t make me upset. I’m not upset, I’m looking forward to watching this fight even more now.
I’m not gonna pretend that’s not fun. I’m not gonna pretend that didn’t make everyone way more excited for that fight, because it for f***ing sure did.
Rogan as usual hits the nail right on the head with his comments on the brawl. The brawl is overall a bad look for the sport, but it most certainly hyped the fight to potentially being one of the biggest bouts of all time.