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Joe Rogan Responds to Rampage Jackson [VIDEO]

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(“Please tell me he didn’t call anyone the C word.”) 

It didn’t take long for UFC color commentator Joe Rogan to acknowledge the recent criticisms aimed at him by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. And despite being called a “fake ass” and a “girly, high-ass voiced rusty trombone player” (loosely translated), Rogan decided not to start a war of words with Rampage, and in fact was rather complimentary when discussing the former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion on his video podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience:

I love Rampage. I don’t mean to be rude when I assess things. I’m just trying to objectively try to figure out how this guy could be doing better than he’s doing. When I look at a guy Rampage, first of all, [he's] one of the most exciting fighters of all time. You go back to his fights in PRIDE like the Ricardo Arona fight or the Kevin Randleman knockout…he had a lot of great, great fucking fights in PRIDE. You know, I like [Rampage] a lot. I like him as a person. I enjoyed hanging out with him. 

Rogan maintains that his ringside assessments have nothing to do with the fighters themselves, and are simply a matter of informing the audience:

When I’m doing commentary on a fight, all I’m trying to do is sort of objectively assess what I think someone could be doing differently to try and get themselves out of a spot if their not winning. I’m not critiquing the guy’s soul. I’m not breaking down who he is as a person. I like the guy a lot.

Rogan went on to state that he “wished [Quinton] wasn’t mad at me,” and that “when I tell him to throw leg kicks it’s just because he has awesome leg kicks.” Whether or not you agree with Rogan on this point in particular, if you rewatch the Jones/Jackson fight, you would likely agree that the few leg kicks Rampage landed seemed to have some effect on the lanky legs of Jones, a sentiment that Rogan states outright. But it’s clear that Rogan has nothing but respect for the former PRIDE star:

He’s got the toughest fucking job on the planet. There’s a lot of pressure and a lot of stress involved in being a fighter, and the last thing I want to do is add more pressure and add more stress. All I’m doing is trying to just [analyze] the fight…I can’t protect someone’s feelings at the expense of doing what I’m suppose to be doing, which is sort of analyzing what is going on. 

As for Jackson’s accusations that Joe is biased towards Jiu-Jitsu fighters, Rogan feels that he is actually much more biased towards “very aggressive strikers” like Wanderlei Silva, who he claims to be his favorite fighter. Well NOW we see where Rampage’s dislike for the man stems from.

-J. Jones

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cagefightmon- February 21, 2012 at 10:29 pm
first time I've ever seen Rogan suck up to someone. "he fun, he cool, I eat chicken with him" Shut up . . .
bootystar- February 21, 2012 at 7:19 pm
KarmaAteMyCat- February 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm
fatbellyfrank- February 21, 2012 at 5:51 pm
@ BlackboxMMA, thanks mate, but yeah, where's her ass gone?
IronClad- February 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm
Joe Rogan is opinionated but I still like him. He knows a shit load about every facet of MMA and there aint none better at his job than him. As for his all time favorite, spot on. Wanderlei Silva is the most entertaining fighter to ever step in the ring. Legend. Dont even counter me with Jon Jones or Anderson Silva, your a fucking moron if you do.
Rampage is super insecure as he should be. He's funny, haha like a clown funny but his skills have diminished and his logic is even worse.
Sopapo- February 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm
Wow where did her ass go ?
ArmFarmer- February 21, 2012 at 2:52 pm
I coulda sworn he said he was biased to "very aggressive strikers", and I could have sworn lee was a "very aggressive striker" when he fought Silva.....
HandsofGold- February 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm
He says he is Biased to Silva, go back and watch Silva vs Lee doesn't seem like it to me.
XENOPHON- February 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm
I would like to see the two in an exhibition fight. Each would get to see their public position come to fruition. For Joe, we could see just how great of fighter Rampage is. And for Page, we could get to see if he is still as good as he claims. Surely its a better idea than watching another fighter choke out that fag radio announcer you keep dumping on us.
BONGTAR- February 21, 2012 at 1:54 pm
Rampage seems like the aggressive wrestler and Rogan just a helpless Mean Gene Okerlund. Not really.
NomadRip- February 21, 2012 at 1:44 pm
Rogan should just squash that with him.
Mofo- February 21, 2012 at 1:38 pm
Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz... Rampage is a hypersensitive little girl. NEXT
Morningwood- February 21, 2012 at 1:05 pm
cunt counter cunt. they both suck.
J. Jones- February 21, 2012 at 12:55 pm
Point El Guapo.
El Guapo- February 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm
Cunt we all just get along?
blackboxmma- February 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm