There was a day when Joe Rogan was universally loved by MMA fans. He’s funny, knowledgable, and seems like the kind of dude you’d like to get a beer or seven with. Now some say he yells too much and worry about the veins in his neck exploding. Even fighters are starting to get in on the action, with Rampage bitching about biased commentating and UFC 145 FOTN-winner Eddie Yagin doing the same:
Yagin: Maybe you should talk to Joe Rogan because that (expletive) hates on me so bad. I need to talk to that boy. Someone should have checked his teeth because I think he got (expletive) in his mouth from sucking his (expletive) so much. Every time I would throw a good punch, or land a good kick, he would capitalize on Hominick. He’d say ‘oh, good shot from Yagin, but Hominick took it and look how well Hominick is moving!’ It’s like are you kidding me right now? Shut the (expletive) up and instead of saying what you want to happen, say what is happening.”
We’re all familiar with this gripe … fans of fighters hit the interwebs after every event bitching Joe out for the imagined crime of not siding with their particular fighter. It’s like they’re afraid that Rogan is so tied into the reality that’s going down that he’s unfairly affecting the outcome of the fight on a quantum level. A Rogan flaps his gums in Tokyo and it changes the outcome of the lightweight championship bout or something like that.
Joe Rogan is just one dude giving his opinion on fights and we should be glad he’s not as terrible as some of the other guys out there. If he happens to have a bias to a fighter he’s more familiar with, suck it up and recognize IT CHANGES NOTHING. I don’t believe Goldberg when he talks about how great tasting Xyience is, so why not get comfortable with the idea that Rogan is not the undisputed arbitrator of truth and reality too?