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Shawn Tompkins vs Joe Rogan

Sam Stout’s cornerman and trainer Shawn Tompkins was on Fight Network radio today calling Joe Rogan a douche. The reason? Joe’s one sided commentary and comments during the Fisher/Stout match. This isn’t the first time Tompkins has called out Rogan for biased commentating. Shawn also had issues with Joe’s calling of the Hominick/Gurgel bout.

Before the third round of the fight, Tompkins told Stout that he was winning the punching exchanges. I don’t know what fight Shawn was watching, but it wasn’t the one we all saw on Tuesday. Perhaps he was watching the first Stout/Fisher match in his head where Stoud did outbox Fisher.

Anyways, Tompkins is either a liar or an idiot because Stout WASN’T winning the exchanges. And to send a fighter back into the ring with that kind of incorrect info is like bringing a country into war on bad intelligence. Except instead of 3500 dead troops you had Sam Stout trying to box his way through a round he should have used his kickboxing in.

I can’t say enough times how important it is to have a corner who will give you good and practical information during a fight. Jon Fitch’s corner told him exactly what he was doing wrong and how to fix it. With their help he finished off his opponent in the second round. I dunno if a different corner would have changed things in this fight but Tompkins got caught telling his guy some dumbass shit, and trying to pin the blame on Rogan isn’t gonna change that.

UPDATE: The Fight Report has the audio clip of Shawn Tompkins in question.

  • GonzoDamon

    Well, NO ONE can deny that Joe was being ridiculously biased. He downplayed every punch and combo that Stout landed and even managed to exaggerate the already dominant Fisher’s landings. It was so glaringly obvious that when Joe and Spencer tell their girlfriends that they are going to roll together, they must mean something quite different than BJJ.

    Seriously, you were banking on Stout, how did you not hear Joe’s bias?

    I do agree with you that Shawn Tompkins’ round three corner advice to Stout was contemptible. There is no way that Tompkins honestly thought that his man was winning. If he really did, then he should understand Joe’s bias. Under those circumstances, both of them only had eyes for “their” fighter…

    (Unrelated: What mystic substance is Stout’s chin comprised of?)

    I assume that Tompkins was trying to motivate Stout, but at that point, Sam needed a kick in the pants. Whether he had the energy to go out there and try to end the fight or not is not the point, but it’s the cornerman’s responsibility to give their fighter advice. In the end, that just wasn’t sound advice.

  • fightlinkerReader

    Call me silly, but I didn’t think Rogan was biased. Rogan/Goldberg always get excited for the fighter getting the best of it, and down on the fighter getting the worst of it. This even more magnified when a fighter is doing better/worse than expected. This is true of most announcers.

    Nobody expected Fisher to do so well at the stand up. Nobody expected Fisher to have so much quicker punch speed. Fisher’s performance excited the announcers, and they stated as such.

  • fightlinker

    I didn’t hear a lot of the specific commentating … my roommate was too busy yelling “SHIT DUDE STOUT’S LOSING, SHIT SHIT SHIT!” over and over again. I agree, they were ignoring Stout’s hits and the damage Stout had done. But in the end who cares what the announcers are saying, they don’t really affect anything. It’s not like the judges were listening. I guess the main point is Shawn should be upset that he said the wrong thing, not that Joe did.

  • fightlinkerReader

    From a non experts perspective, it looked like Fisher was landing bombs and Stout was landing soft stuff. Obviously that wasn’t the case, as Fisher’s face looked much worse than Stouts, at least after two rounds. Stouts power wasn’t very obvious.

  • Matthew Watt

    Comment 3 is exactly what is wrong with Shawn Tompkins complaint. a)judges didn’t hear Rogan talk so what does that have to do with scoring? and, b) Fisher was getting the better of the exchanges.

    I have watched the fight first without sound, and then with sound. Rogan was being very biased, especially in round 1 were I had Stout winning the round until Fisher’s knockdown at the end. That being said, Fisher was the superior striker last nite. In rounds 2 and 3, Stout threw more punches but Fisher showed far superior defence (i guess one in every four of stout’s shots were landing effectively) and when countering/throwing his own punches, Fisher seemed to be landing them at a high percentage and with more power. Stout’s head snapped back all night and was knockdown twice (not great knockdowns, but he still went down), Fisher showed no effects outside of his cuts. Tompkins’ saw the same fight that we all did, and to tell his fighter that “you are winning buddy” was the wrong info to give him.

  • Jonathan

    I have not seen the fight, but I know that Shawn Tompkins is something like 0-4.

  • fightlinker

    Isn’t he the new coach of the Anacondas? As well, I thought Tompkins was Henderson’s new boxing coach and a bunch of guys who have been winning give him credit.

  • Jonathan

    True, but as a fighter, he didn’t do so well, especially in the sub defense department. I’ll give the nod to Joe by Ezekiel choke