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7 Jan 2015 07:54:05 AM
So there Joe Rogan was, just chillin’ in the JRE studios yesterday with guest Nick DiPaolo, when the word came through that UFC light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones had failed a drug test for cocaine and was about to enter rehab. The news was a mind-blower, and Rogan had to react to it in real-time, which is no easy task. (I mean, I changed my opinion about the story at least once within the same twitter thread.)
Rogan can’t hold back laughter when he hears Dana White’s official statement about how proud he is of Jones for seeking treatment. “I’d like to talk to him on the phone and find out what he really thinks,” Rogan says. “We’re going to have an interesting conversation that I can’t talk to you people about.”
“Here’s how you fix this,” DiPaolo says, “you have a rematch where they’re both coked up.”
Rogan wraps his head around the story on air, while Redban does some twitter-sleuthing to find out where Jones likely was when he did the coke that led to his failed test, and pins it down to a visit to Brazil. (Skip to 7:51.) Then that turns into a conversation about income inequality in Brazil. Anyway, click here to watch the full episode.
Reebok says relationship with Jon Jones as sponsored fighter ‘has not changed’ (MMAFighting)
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9 Dec 2014 07:17:41 AM
“You are not an elite fighter. You are predictable. The reality is, I don’t see you beating elite guys. Werdum, Cain is another level than you.”
As if Brendan Schaub‘s first round TKO loss at the hands of Travis Browne last weekend wasn’t bad enough, the verbal shellacking he received on The Joe Rogan Experience last night might’ve been even more devastating.
Sitting in with The Fighter and the Kid co-host Bryan Callen, Schaub tried to explain what went wrong against Browne at UFC 181, and when his words fell short, the always honest Rogan stepped in to dole out some brutally honest advice for a guy he considers his friend, all but demanding that he retire from the sport before he receives anymore brain damage.
“This is the reality of it: I worry about your commitment to fighting,” said Rogan, “and I worry about where you stand… not your commitment to training, not your commitment to give it your all. I think you have one foot out the door. I think you’re looking at where the future is going to take you and that you can’t do this forever. I think that’s a very dangerous place to be in fighting.”
When Schaub disagreed with Rogan’s assessment, things only took a turn for the worse…Read More DIGG THIS
28 Sep 2014 13:42:44 PM
At UFC 178, Tim Kennedy was on the cusp of knocking out Yoel Romero in the dying seconds of round two, after he had endured a difficult 10 minutes against the Cuban powerhouse in their main card battle. Kennedy, who also grabbed Romero’s gloves to land several uppercuts, had “Soldier of God” in a world of hurt, as he continued to pounce on his adversary. The horn saved Romero, and as referee “Big” John McCarthy separated both fighters and ordered them to their respective corners, Romero looked as if he had spent three days in an afterhours club hopped up on Molly.
He had no clue where he was, sat on his stool, and looked quite petrified as he mumbled words to his coaches.
As both fighters were summoned for the third and final round, Romero just sat there while his coaches moved like tortoises exiting the cage. Despite his corner men stalling, Romero was still on his stool, with too much Vaseline on him. His corner proceeded to wipe it off, while the American walked around frustrated. As Joe Rogan went ballistic, the fight wasn’t called off, a point wasn’t even deducted, and more so, “Big” John McCarthy didn’t do a damn thing about it.
Seconds into the third round, Romero dropped Kennedy, pummeled him to hell and back, and stood over his bloody foe in victory after being awarded with the stoppage victory.
Pretty strange, huh?
Now, this reeks of controversy from both sides. Kennedy’s blatant glove-grabbing maybe wasn’t worthy of disqualification, yet Romero on his stool was pretty atrocious. Even if the fighter has too much Vaseline on him, which according to Dana White at the post-fight presser, was the promotion’s fault because it was one of their employees, he shouldn’t be chilling on the stool. But here’s the thing … were the corner men told to exit before taking the stool? Probably. However, isn’t it their job to actually take the stool?
Take a look at the confrontation between both fighters backstage, courtesy of a Vine post (props to MMA Fighting for the link) after the jump.Read More DIGG THIS
9 Sep 2014 13:03:26 PM
UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones is arguably the most talented MMA fighter of all time, and has spent the last three-and-a-half years utterly dominating his weight class as 205-pound champion. Theoretically, fans should love this guy. And yet they don’t — a situation that is probably best explained by Jones’s odd shifts in personality, and a streak of regrettable behavior that never jibed well with his early choir-boy persona. But on yesterday’s edition of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, UFC commentator Joe Rogan voiced an alternate theory:
“I don’t know why Jon [Jones] is not more loved or popular than he is. I don’t understand it. In my opinion, I will never miss a Jon Jones fucking pay-per-view. I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh, he’s cocky. He’s this and [that].’ I wonder what the fuck is going on with that and I’m going to throw this out there, I’m just going to say it: I wonder how much of it is racism. I really do.
“You know why? Because I think they look at him as this cocky black guy and I think a lot of people have an issue with that. I think that if he was a white guy and he was doing the same thing, a la a Chael Sonnen, I think he would be way more popular. Chael was never the successful athlete that Jon is, but I think Chael was way more successful as a promoter than Jon is. Jon has not been nearly as cocky or outwardly braggadocious as Chael was.
“I just always found it odd when everybody would get upset at him and say that they didn’t like that ‘he’s cocky.’ He’s 25 and he’s the UFC’s light heavyweight champion. He’s the youngest ever UFC champion. He destroyed Shogun [Rua] to win the title and I mean destroyed. He threw a flying knee and hit Shogun in the chin five seconds into their fight. I mean, Jon Jones is a motherfucker. He’s a motherfucker, but for whatever reason people have had an issue with that. I know I’m going to get a bunch of hate tweets. ‘Fuck you and your fucking bullshit. What do you got? White guilt? Calling out racism?‘
“I’m probably going to get an equal amount from ‘the Aryan race,’ mad at me for defending Jon Jones, ‘The cocky negro.’ I really think there’s something to that. I think people want a guy who is so physically gifted and young and brash and black and rich, they want him to have more humility or fake humility, as it were. I think Jon’s trying that a little bit and that’s one of the reasons Daniel Cormier was like, ‘You are so fake.’ Cormier was saying that to him because I think he’s trying to counteract how people feel about him.”
To claim that Jones would be more popular if he was white strikes me as a blatant oversimplification. Then again, to claim that race has no effect on how stars get made in MMA is laughable. Since Rogan has everyone talking about it today, I figured I’d share my own feelings about the intersection of race and combat sports, in no particular order…
1. There’s a reason why Rampage Jackson was beloved by fans in his prime, and Jon Jones never has been. The average Jon Jones-hater will claim that it has to do with “realness” or authenticity, but fans only respond to a particular type of realness. Rampage Jackson was a caricature of an intimidating black guy, and people seemed to love him for it.Read More DIGG THIS
31 Aug 2014 08:08:41 AM
In case you’ve been away from the Internet for the last few days: The main event of UFC 177 was supposed to be bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao–an unnecessary rematch of their bout from May. Barao botched his weight cut, which caused him to fall and hit his head in the shower. He was rushed to the hospital and couldn’t fight. Weight cutting is a serious health issue, but Dana White and the UFC apparently don’t care.
Insults to the ego are one thing, insults to the wallet are another. The former is naught but the buzzing of flies, but the latter stings like Head and Shoulders in the eye. Renan Barao will probably get over Joe Rogan essentially calling him an embarrassment to himself and the UFC. But will Barao get over Dana White refusing to pay him his show money? Because that’s what Dana White is doing. He’s not paying Barao.Read More DIGG THIS
21 Aug 2014 11:20:16 AM
After racking up over a million views with the first installment, TommyToeHold is back with another hysterical batch of EA Sports UFC glitches, as commentated by (fake) Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg. Much respect to Tommy for putting out a sequel that’s just as funny as the original. My four favorite lines, taken completely out of context:
“Very Grudge-like, Joe.”
“Reminds me of a young Babalu.” “No he doesn’t, Mike.”
“Mike, there’s a bigfoot, he’s being strangled, Mike.”
“I have to think this is going the distance, aaaand he’s dead.”Read More DIGG THIS
5 Jul 2014 22:24:16 PM
UFC 175 was a great card, but its gravitas was lessened if you were among the squeamish.
We’ll start off with the least serious injury first: Ronda Rousey’s hand stitches.
Conceptualizing how Ronda Rousey could’ve possibly gotten injured in her 16-second OBLITERATION of Alexis Davis is beyond the mental faculties of mid-tier MMA bloggers. Somehow it happened though. Rousey hurt her hand, and even had stitches on it by the end of the right. Joe Rogan stated this was why she couldn’t headline UFC 176 in August.
See two photos of the injury that have been circulating on Twitter after the jump…Read More DIGG THIS
25 Jun 2014 05:05:25 AM
(Props: Tommy Toe Hold)
“Jones just pulled a mummy guard, now he’s trying to lure Alex in by casting a spell.”
“Joe, what are the benefits of completely freezing your body during a fight with yourself?”
“Alex goes for a leg, gets a hold of a ghost that’s been haunting the arena, and huge takedown.”
Brilliant.Read More DIGG THIS
3 Jun 2014 08:56:09 AM
Remember that surprise drug test that Vitor Belfort had to undergo in February? The one where the results were kept private — and were “not relevant” according to Belfort’s lawyer and UFC president Dana White himself, because Belfort wasn’t currently licensed to fight in Nevada? Well, Belfort probably tested positive for elevated testosterone. I mean, we already assumed that was the case, but now we have Joe Rogan saying so explicitly on an episode of his podcast over the weekend:
“They did it to Vitor, random drug test, and Vitor was on testosterone. And that was the reason that testosterone got banned in the first place. The whole thing went down when Vitor tested positive…Before that, [the NSAC was] considering him for a testosterone exemption, and there was a lot of talk whether or not he would be up for a testosterone exemption. But, because when they him he tested positive, they scrapped the whole testosterone program.”
So how did Rogan get hip to this inside info? Actually, we’re not sure — and the fact that he leaked it on his podcast probably didn’t sit well with the UFC. But according to a Yahoo! Cagewriter report from our pal Elias Cepeda, the mystery of Belfort’s random drug test will be cleared up once and for all on June 17th, when the results will be revealed in a NSAC licensing hearing…Read More DIGG THIS