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Carlo Prater Blasts ‘Unethical’ Joe Rogan for His Criticism of Mario Yamasaki at UFC 142

(“What is…a donkey punch?”)

Joe Rogan has never been one to hide his opinions. Whether it’s an early stoppage, a late stoppage, or a botched judges’ decision, many UFC fights have ended with Rogan passionately expressing his disagreement. But at UFC 142 earlier this month, Rogan went even further and corralled veteran referee Mario Yamasaki for an unscheduled post-fight interview, asking Yamasaki to justify his disqualification of Erick Silva for shots to the back of the head. It was an uncomfortable moment, but as Rogan explained, he felt it was his duty to ask the questions that the viewers might have.

One notable fighter has come forward to defend Yamasaki — Carlo Prater, the guy who actually took the alleged illegal shots from Silva that night. As Prater sees it, his perspective and Yamasaki’s perspective hold a lot more weight than Joe Rogan’s, who’s just a “swagger,” in his opinion. (Continue reading for a definition of “swagger” as used in this context. It might not be what you think.) Here’s what Prater told in a new interview:

I felt very strong blows in the region of my neck and my right shoulder. I felt very painful shocks. I was trying to overthrow Erick on the floor, out of instinct, but I could not because it was the worst physical pain I’ve ever had in my entire life. I think in the end I was made out as a villain. I had to stay in the hospital until Monday. They asked me not to go public because, indeed, that wouldn’t do any good for me or Erick. In my opinion, Mario did the right thing. You are not allowed to do anything you want inside the cage. Watching the fight video, I could see at least nine blows to the back of the head.”

I think the way Joe Rogan behaved was completely unethical. He went with the crowd. A real professional doesn’t do that. He was acting like a fan when he should be acting as a commentator. Mario is a million times more competent than him. He’s been living off this for 20 years. Joe Rogan is just a swagger, someone who walks amongst fighters but isn’t really a fighter himself. He doesn’t understand. Whatever, human beings make mistakes and I am not going to be holding grudges against him.”

Was it a controversial moment? Absolutely, especially when you consider all the UFC fights that have ended with shots to the back of the head that weren’t called disqualifications. But it’s nice to get the other guy’s perspective once in a while. Even one illegal blow should call a fight’s result into question.

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hitekredneck- January 25, 2012 at 4:26 am
Joe's a good commentator, knowledgeable about mma, and his training obviously helps...that being said, he had no business confronting mario about the call. He isn't a judge, ref, fighter, nor does he have anything to do with the fights except to comment. I'ld still rather have him doing the commentary than dana's mini-me from Fox
enrikk- January 25, 2012 at 1:55 am
It's amazing to me how some people here (and Prater, apparently) can think of Rogan as "just a poser". I mean he's obviously not Bruce Lee, but how can you watch a video of Georges St. Pierre casually talking about how he took lessons from the guy and not be at least moderately impressed? If you think that a lifelong resume of martial arts competition doesn't qualify you as "a fighter", you probably also think that Kirk Cameron is right about the age of the earth and that Prater actually got hit 9 times on the back of the head (in other words, totally fucking delusional)
dranokills- January 24, 2012 at 8:54 pm
the fucking stars have aligned, and the earth has stopped rotating on its axis.....I am gonna agree with that retard xeno.
Rogan isn't a fighter, hes a personal trainer who runs his mouth, both as a commentator and a comedian...if you wanna call him funny which I don't.
I would love to see just one fighter to tell Joe to go fuck himself, and call him a poser. Joe won't do shit but make a stupid face and try to make a joke out of it.
warchief65- January 24, 2012 at 7:42 pm
MMAnub , Hollywood ? Of all ...... That's says it all . Mass. ???? There are only four fighters from that State , and not one of them are named Rogain . He says this and that . But , really ? As far as the Gracie in Hollywood , think about it ....... The same place that trained Swayse , and HOST of othe "A" list STAAAAAAaaaars .
warchief65- January 24, 2012 at 7:26 pm
Rogain is no fighter , hell , he's only on UFC because he's Dana's girlfriend . Ask him . Sure , he knows what moves a fighter has , it's not hard . But , anything else , it's way out of his league . 9 hits to the back of the head ? And he saw what now ? Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining . That's what Rogain is tell you . Maybe he likes that .............
JudgeHolden- January 24, 2012 at 3:39 pm
It seems there is some general disagreement among CP readers regarding Rogan's role as commentator. Some readers, and apparently Rogan himself, propose that he is some sort of MMA talk-show host who is entitled to "ask officials the questions that the fans want to know the answer to." I think this is a foolish interpretation of his role in the UFC. Considering how rare this whole Rogan-Yamasaki confrontation is given the entire scope of Rogan's career with the UFC, it's pretty clear that he himself understands that he made a mistake. Otherwise, Rogan would be aggressively calling out Mazzagatti 70% of the time. Do UFC fans really want Rogan doing some Michael Moore routine after each controversial decision? Should he interview a fighter's cornermen and criticize them for bad game plans?
Personally, my conception of a "color commentator" is a professional, objective analyst. Rogan should analyze fights, interview fighters, and give bytes for hype-footage. He shouldn't crucify a referee in the middle of a live event while watching a slow-motion replay which was not available to Yamasaki at the time. If Rogan the Commentator doesn't like it, he should be professional and use a little restraint. If Rogan the Fan wants to complain about it, he can post a video on his website or something.
That being said, Yamasaki made a bad call. But Rogan is not paid to publicly reprimand MMA officials.
Coneblazer- January 24, 2012 at 2:45 pm
No one should be untouchable or 'too big to fail'.. Joe made a professional mistake. Joe's die hard fans of course will agree with what he did.... But die hard UFC fans should see that the way he chose to approach it isn't good for the sport.
RSparrow- January 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm
You're the fucking moron. Prater is one of the nicest and most humble guys that the UFC has ever employed. He doesn't embellish the truth, he's been hit many times, and really was affected by the punches. His english isn't spot on perfect, he's a guy that just tried to speak his mind an everyones jumping his ass. Switch roles, shit happens, it's a lot easier sitting at your desk eating corn nuts you fuck.
XENOPHON- January 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm
intercept440 Says: You got it right.
Mario should have piped up in his own fucking defense and shut Rogan down fast. I think he was caught off guard - like a deer in the headlights when Rogan stole his thunder.
mundoramos- January 24, 2012 at 12:47 pm
ufc would be fine without carlo prater...he wants to seem like this fight wasnt gonna end with him getting tko' whiny does "but I could not because it was the worst physical pain I’ve ever had in my entire life." sound just reading it. Carlo prater is a moron...obviously hes never seen a boxing event in his life and doesnt know the job of a commentator who interviews after the fight.
MMAnub- January 24, 2012 at 12:42 pm
OK , maybe Joe overstepped the line there a bit but calling him names like
"swagger, someone who walks amongst fighters but isn’t really a fighter himself."

Maybe he did not know Joe walks among the fighters as a fighter.

During high school, Rogan became a practitioner of kenpo karate at age 14, then went to Taekwondo.[4] He eventually gained a 2nd dan black belt.[5] He went on to become a four-time state champion in Massachusetts, and In 1987, he was the USA Taekwondo U.S. Open lightweight champion.[6]

In 1996, Rogan began training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Carlson Gracie at his school in Hollywood, California. After Gracie relocated to Chicago, Rogan later began training under Jean Jacques Machado, (a cousin of the Gracie family), eventually earning his brown belt under Machado.[7] In addition, Rogan holds a brown belt in 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu under Eddie Bravo.[8][9]

Rogan also practices kickboxing.[10]
KarmaAteMyCat- January 24, 2012 at 12:35 pm
I think Carlo Prater should learn to keep his hands up, VIVA LA JOE ROGAN!!!
As Good As Anyone- January 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm
Carlos, the proper term is "SWAG Jacker"
intercept440- January 24, 2012 at 12:31 pm
joe can ask whatever the fuck he wants.. whenever he wants.. he is employed by the ufc.. Mario yamasaki is employed by the state athletic commision.
however it came across ..this is how it really should have went.
joe " mario some of the fans think that was a questionavble call, and frankly i do to . explain why you stopped the fight for illegal blows to the head and dq'ed the guy we all think won.
Mario " fuck you rogan, how many fights have you reffed, and how many times , has a fighter relied on you to protect him from illegal shots?...hmm what? did i hear you right?...yea that's right bitch...None. walk off bitch"
ya see if mario gets that question asked and called out .. he should have just responded in kind..
the end
amsterdamheavy- January 24, 2012 at 12:24 pm
Im certainly not going to disagree with Big John, but I also never heard that description of the back of the head before. I always heard "behind where youd wear headphones". Ya learn something every day...
Gabbo30- January 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm
@The12ozCurls Steven Segal is a fighter..He fought Jon Leguizamo remember..?!?
XENOPHON- January 24, 2012 at 11:39 am
@kentmurr410 Says: - it was a good clip, thanks. I didn't know what the ref's actually look for - with the one inch strip, the nape of the neck, or verifying the blow touching the back of the ear is a measuring stick.
kentmurr410- January 24, 2012 at 11:39 am
Some of you morons speak of shit you know nothing about. Rogan was a championkick boxerin the eastern US, a blackbelt in Tae Kwon Do, currently trains in BJJ and GSP said he has the best spining back kick he's ever seen. You can find several videos on youtube backing this all up 100%. In one video he is giving GSP pointers on the spining back kick.
kentmurr410- January 24, 2012 at 11:29 am
Joe Rogan is the best! It was just a bad call. You can't take it back and Silva will be fine. On the other hand Prater is not going to last at this level of competition.
kentmurr410- January 24, 2012 at 11:23 am Acording to this explanation by Big John I do not see any illegal shots at all.
kentmurr410- January 24, 2012 at 11:20 am
CaptainBackslap- January 24, 2012 at 11:16 am
I lost a parlay because of the disqualification....

Bearded Beast- January 24, 2012 at 11:16 am
Problem is, fighter's use this "no strikes to the back of the head" to their advantage, same as they do by taking a knee intentionally to avoid getting kneed or kicked in the face. It's a copout; lay face down, cover your ears, and all you've got exposed is stuff that's off-limits. I'm not saying Prater did this, but it does happen.
If a single strike anywhere near the back of the head is cause for a deduction or disqualification, fine, but you have to call out fighters who game the system too. If you cover up everything but the back of your head, you have submitted - you are not intelligently defending yourself any more. It should cut both ways.
XENOPHON- January 24, 2012 at 10:10 am
@Sopapo Says:
Yes, we should get comments from many, commentators, judges, and anyone else willing to speak. That is a far cry away from Rogan commandeering the stage, grabbing people randomly, and acting as if he is judge - jury - executioner.
Don't hate on Mario (never understood how a Brazilian got the first name of a beaner and a Jap last name?) I wonder if he is the byproduct of one those interracial marriages?
Rogan began his debut at UFC 12 in 1997. Yamasaki first became affiliated with the UFC (then owned by Semaphore Entertainment Group) during UFC 17.5 back in 1998. Point is, they have known each other a long fucking time - to pull some shit like that.
Id' of like to have seen Mario kick Rogan's ass during a live feed for talking smack.
XENOPHON- January 24, 2012 at 9:51 am

QUOTE: "Rogan is a fighter, bitch….cage fighting isn’t the only martial art."
Come on, Rogan trains in a gym. My 10 year old does the same with a brown belt. Big Deal. If Rogan was such an expert fight commentator he ought to try actually fighting instead of making phony-fake videos with Eddie Bravos's people.
Rogan is a diminutive comedian and a phoney-fake actor. I don't know why your fronting for his ass. He had no place calling the ref on the carpet. Even my chick - who thinks Rogan is cool, laughed at how obviously fake the UFC shows have become.
Prater is 100% correct, Rogan simply did damage control when the Brazilian crowd became confused over the rules. Most assuredly he was told to do so by upper management via his faggy headset after they did a instant replay behind the scenes.