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UFC Quoteathon: Joe Rogan Explains Himself, Guillard Leaves Team Jackson, And Chael Sonnen Is Still Bitter

(An artist’s depiction of what was going through Joe Rogan’s mind the moment he found out Eric Silva had been DQ’ed. And yes, Joe Rogan appears in his own fantasies.) 

Much has been made of Joe Rogan‘s impromptu interview with referee Mario Yamasaki following his decision to disqualify Erick Silva at UFC 142 this past weekend. Some are saying it was a totally unprofessional move by Rogan, while others believe it would have been unprofessional of him not to question the seemingly botched ruling by the longtime UFC official. Whether or not you agree with Rogan’s decision (or Yamasaki’s, for that matter), we can all agree that the Silva/Prater fight proved the necessity for a stricter policy in regards to an instant replay in areas other than Nevada. Rogan, however, has already taken to the internet, specifically the UG, to explain why he chose to put Yamasaki on the spot:

He’s a great guy, and I’m always happy to see him. When I step into the octagon however, I represent the people watching at home that might have obvious questions, and when something is controversial I’m forced to confront it honestly because that’s what I would want to hear from a person in my position if I was a fan watching it at home.

I think Mario Yamasaki is one of the best in the world at refereeing MMA. No doubt about it. He’s got great insight to the sport, he’s a life long martial artist, and he’s a really smart guy. What I was acting from, is that I saw an incredible young talent get denied a KO victory for a questionable call. When I entered into the Octagon and was told of the official ruling that Silva was going to be disqualified for illegal blows to the back of the head everyone that I was around who heard the news opened their mouths in shock. Everyone said, “what?”

The people in the truck couldn’t believe it. I had to read it back to them because I thought it was a mistake, and when I leaned over to explain it to Goldie he couldn’t believe it either. I had to ask Mario about it. I didn’t know how he was going to respond, but I had to ask him.

Erick Silva is a very promising fighter and I felt like I had a responsibility to address the issue. No disrespect intended.

Check out some more interesting tidbits from around the MMA world below, some of which may or may not be completely made up.

-Melvin Guillard wants in on this “Blackzilian” thing, leaves Team Jackson:

Both camps are great, both sets of coaches are awesome. It’s just a decision I had to make for myself professionally. Did I want to split the time? Yeah, I did, but it’s kind of like trying to work for Exxon and work for Shell. You won’t be able to split your time between both. Cause both of those companies wouldn’t allow it. So it came to one of those points in my life where I had to make a grown-up decision. Kind of an executive decision, and this is the decision I made. I didn’t leave Jackson’s in a bad way. I love those coaches to death, love that team, and if anything every occurs and I have to go back to Jackson’s, I hope I’m still welcome, because I didn’t leave in the wrong way. As fighters we have to make the decision who’s going to get us ready to take us to that next level. At the end of the day, all this hype about which coach is better than who, at the end of the day we’re the ones in there doing the job. We’re the ones that have to get in there and bust our butts. All they can do is give direction and make things go from there.

-Chael Sonnen is only fighting Mark Munoz because “Anderson got his way”: 

It’s real simple. I want the title. I want to be champion. I don’t want it just because I want a belt, I want to be the best. I want to look in the mirror and know I’m the best in the world. If I can’t beat Mark Munoz, then I’m not. Munoz and I aren’t fighting because this is the match that made sense. We’re fighting because Anderson doesn’t want to fight me. Anderson trained with Munoz, he got destroyed by Munoz, he doesn’t want to fight Mark. Ed Soares, Anderson’s manager, worked diligently behind the scenes to make Mark and I fight each other. So I don’t have a big problem fighting Mark. my resentment is that Anderson got his way. 

-Terry Etim congratulates Edson Barboza on his amazing KO:

…e’saverytough opponint and i congratulate da’man forineggscellentmanhoovr, ajhgksahfakjhsjjkieiefknwheel kick to mebobsyouruncle…jkdsjhdkfsknickers…

-Mike Massenzio recalls the first time he met Rousimar Palhares:

I met him, fifteen years ago. I was told there was nothing left. No reason, no conscience, no understanding; even the most rudimentary sense of life or death, good or evil, right or wrong. I met this six-year-old child, with this blank, pale, emotionless face and, the blackest eyes… the devil’s eyes. I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy’s eyes was purely and simply…evil.


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XENOPHON- January 17, 2012 at 10:35 am
@shatterproof - you called it first. Mario should have had Rogan physically thrown out of that ring by security.
No one has problems with Rogan (lets not forget he is with the benefit of instant replay and advice from the trailer) pointing out a questionable call...
...but he has no right punking-out Mario like that live - as no one else has the authority to make the immediate call.
Where I was watching the fight, before the replay over half the bar thought it was repeated strikes to the head.
I was neutral, as I have never had a problem with hitting people in the back of the head....seems fine to me. I'm still waiting to hit Drano in the back of the head with my cock from inside his talking shit mouth...
@Morningwood - I thought the difference in the case you bring up is that one fighter could continue, where as the other could not. Isn't that difference between the refs discretion between a warning, points deducted, or calling it there on the spot?
MrBlondeSL- January 17, 2012 at 9:08 am
I think if you ask chael, everyones beat anderson in practice.
sixthsense- January 17, 2012 at 9:02 am
lol@ Etim quote..that's EXACTLY how I hear it every time he talks.
ytrebil- January 17, 2012 at 8:16 am
The Erick Silva DQ was unusual. I think it was more to do with Mario’s poor refereeing than it was to do with an illegal blow putting Prater out. If a fighter is on top and has dealt at least enough blows that the ref thinks he should be DQ’d then the fight should have been stopped BEFORE Prater went out. It seems from Mario’s reaction during the fight and ultimately the finish of it, that he made his decision after the event which is poor.

Silva definitely caught Prater at least twice with shots clean on the back of the head (btw I’m pretty certain to whoever asked that behind the ear is NOT classified as ‘back of the head’ – back of the head would constitute to the area of the brainstem which can take a very low amount of force to seriously incapacitate someone). One of the shots (I think the one that did put him out) was ON the brainstem but this is the only shot that I saw that was a direct blow on that part of the head but it looked clean enough to me to at least warrant a warning. If Mario had warned or seen a shot on the back of the head prior to this then it would definitely be a DQ in my book. Put it this way, if that shot paralysed Prater (that is not an over exaggeration) then people would be reacting way differently. However, why I’m still questioning Mario is that he didn’t jump in immediately.

What I’m saying here is that if a fighter is hitting another on the back of the head more than once then the referee should be right on top of the action to jump in if the back of the head is struck again, but Mario wasn’t. That’s where my problem lies with the referee.

Ultimately a correct decision IMO but handled very badly. Rules are rules and they're there for a reason.
Fried Taco- January 17, 2012 at 5:38 am
I thought it was funny because, after watching the replay, Mario obviously realized he had screwed up, but couldn't say so.
padster007- January 17, 2012 at 4:46 am
Etim quote, is retarded it doesnt even make sense, yes he is a scouse and yes he talks fookin funny. but the way you write it makes you sound like a yank dumb fk, peace out.
FattyYarborough- January 17, 2012 at 3:04 am
People who say Joe Rogan should do this and should do that etc. can go suck my left one. Maybe Dana White shouldn't be using profanity either because David Stern never talks that way and it makes some people uncomfortable. The UFC's broadcasting format is a little different than other sports, and doesn't need to get in line with their business procedures because some uptight fans aren't used to it, I personally enjoy seeing a little more personality from a sports commentator that doesn't sound like a emotionless robot.
RoJoegan- January 16, 2012 at 9:38 pm
This is a hilarious debate. If you're willing to read along, here's my take: First, thanks, Danga, for the more even treatment of it in this article. Second, I love when Internet folk try to tell someone like Joe what his job is. And then they base their argument on a naive notion of objective journalistic ethics? WTF? Rogan’s representing himself. He is a fan—of mma, of the UFC, and of genuine conversation and analysis. And if you want to give respect to the split-second call Yamasaki made, which is due, you should also give it to Joe. You ever tried giving an immediate post-fight interview after a controversial call in front of thousands of screaming Brazilians on international TV? Joe was respectful, especially considering the circumstances. Again, I thank him for not giving a fuck and for asking for an explanation of Yamasaki. My apologizes for going on about this. Signed--Rogan's nut sack.
mcdolph- January 16, 2012 at 7:24 pm
terry etim's a good lad ya hoors yous need tae get oot a bit mair
DangadaDang- January 16, 2012 at 6:55 pm
Thanks Rexy.
jfjjfjff- January 16, 2012 at 6:50 pm
cab is correct.
cabj1905- January 16, 2012 at 6:33 pm
I agree with Rogan that he's there to ask any questions that the fans might have, so I'm not complaining about the interview. I just don't agree with the way he went about it and the rest of Rogan's explanation. He's representing the UFC, not the fans. He shouldn't behave like a fan. Ask the question without personal opinion or bias.
That interview reminded me of the ridiculous post-fight interview with Mayweather and Larry Merchant. Keep your opinion to yourself and behave like a journalist. Otherwise, have someone in there who knows how to conduct an interview and let Joe just be the analyst.
Yamasaki made the wrong decision, but he doesn't have the benefit of the replay. He has to react immediately and he's required to act on the side of safety. I think this decision will likely get reversed to a no contest.
Hopefully, the athletic commissions were paying attention and will protect referees from having to give declarations regarding their decisions. You never see that in other sports.
SKK BB- January 16, 2012 at 5:33 pm
it doesn't matter what or where 'back of the head' is. what matters is that refs cannot (and are trained not to) change their calls or second guess their calls. joe should know this. he didn't mean any disrespect? it doesn't matter what he meant. it matters what he did. you think yamasaki is a great guy? then treat him like one. that was a low class, totally inappropriate move. joe rogan (most often) is an awesome, talented, knowledgeable dude, but saturday night he was a dumbass. i don't care if he disagrees with the call. i especially don't care about his thoughts about the call immediately after the fight, in the octagon. it's not about you joe.
Japanadian- January 16, 2012 at 4:28 pm
Back of the head is supposed to consist of behind the ears, to the bottom of the neck and to the top of the head. However this rule is only for grounded strikes, standing, it's up to the fighter to face his opponent and defend himself properly.

Silvas complete disregard for where he was striking is what deserves him the loss. He didn't give a FUCK about avoiding the back of the head.
skeletor- January 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm
Melvin probably just got caught up in the spirit of MLK day.
On a serious note I can't believe DW is allowing the blacks to start a gang. How about an all white camp, or all Brown Pride camp. I would be ok with an all asian gang those are getting seriously raped in the UFC.
MediumRare- January 16, 2012 at 4:16 pm
The call was terrible. Blows to back of the head mean stop the clock and let the fighter recover and resume the fight. Not DQ.
A LOT of fights see this shit without anyone getting their panties in a wad.
I love that Joe made the ref explain himself. Should happen more often. I want to see a Cecil Peoples interview next time he scores a fight like a moron.
ghostboner- January 16, 2012 at 2:51 pm
Tough one to call but I think Mario got it right. If you watch closely, the blow that put the lights out was one of the last ones he threw, and it was blatantly to the back of the head. It is tough when there is a scramble and the guy keeps turning his head, but people gotta stop assuming they can just go full retard and get the W.
Ringo- January 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm
@el burro, exactly what I thought, also It didnt look like silva was trying to hit him in the back of the head intentionally, he was clearly going for the side of the head, around the ear, which as far as I know its legal.
ArmFarmer- January 16, 2012 at 2:32 pm
If every fight was ruled strictly by the book in terms of illegal blows, then 75% of ufc wins would be overturned. I would bet that if you went back fight by fight and picked out every shot to the back of the head and other illegal strikes, at least 75% of the fights would contain illegal blows. Most of the ones that don't would be the 30 second ko and submissions. It's one of those rules that's good to have, but can't be taken too literally or it will ruin the sport. If you are deliberately pounding away on the back of someone's head, that's one thing, but if you are throwing a flurry while an opponent is covering up and deliberately showing the back of his head, in the middle of a scramble, with both guys moving fast... it's bullshit to be that strict with it.
NomadRip- January 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm
Etim quote is perfection.
Gorgzilla- January 16, 2012 at 2:18 pm
Is behind the ears considered the back of the head? (Not in your opinion, but in the actual rules)
elburrogrande- January 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm
@mmbb241, the difference here is that it wasnt the shots to the back of the head that ended the fight, it was the legal ones. If Yamasaki thought the 1 or 2 punches that landed on the back of the head (which were no where near as damaging as the perfectly legal ones) he should have stopped the fight and issue a warning not allow the fight to continue and then dq Silva when he ends the fight with legal blows.
RSparrow- January 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm
I didn't realize all our writers were black and celebrating mlk day
MMBB241- January 16, 2012 at 12:54 pm
Blows to the back of the head are inexplicably accepted in MMA. eg. Hendricks vs. Sadollah, Belfort vs. Franklin. For some reason, when a fighter feels he can finish, it becomes ok to tag the back of the head. I was thrilled to see Yamasaki call Silva out on this. And now that Joe Rogan hot headedly shit his pants on TV about Yamasaki's call, we'll go back to the status quo. Thanks Joe.
Fatsmoke- January 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm
@shatterproof next time you decide to leave a comment, chop all your fingers off're the only person besides mario who thought he made the right call.die