Joe Rogan Reacts To Stephen A. Smith Bashing ‘Cowboy’: That’s A Bad Look For Everybody

Stephe A. Smith struck a nerve with the mixed martial arts (MMA) community with his comments about Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on the UFC 246 post-fight show last week. Cerrone had just lost to Conor McGregor in 40 seconds of their pay-per-view (PPV) main event. After the fight, Smith expressed how “disgusted” he was with Cerrone’s […]

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Stephe A. Smith struck a nerve with the mixed martial arts (MMA) community with his comments about Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone on the UFC 246 post-fight show last week.

Cerrone had just lost to Conor McGregor in 40 seconds of their pay-per-view (PPV) main event. After the fight, Smith expressed how “disgusted” he was with Cerrone’s performance, before proceeding to bash the longtime UFC veteran. Alongside him during those comments was longtime UFC commentator Joe Rogan. Rogan mentioned on the broadcast that he disagreed with Smith, but didn’t go into too much detail.

That all changed during a recent episode of Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience,” alongside Josh Thomson. Rogan suggested that, had he done the broadcast like someone such as Daniel Cormier, it would’ve been better for the sport. (H/T MMA Junkie)

“(Daniel Cormier) and I would’ve had a completely different conversation and it would’ve been better for the sport,” Rogan said. “There’s no positive in downplaying the career of Donald Cerrone and what he can do as a fighter. What that showed to me is how phenomenal Conor performed. That’s what it showed to me.

“If either you or I was talking about cricket, and we were on TV doing commentary on cricket, we would look out of place. It would be (expletive) up and real cricket fans would be upset at us. That’s nothing. You are naked in the most literal sense of the word (in MMA). Physically, you are naked. Emotionally, when fighters lose, it’s (expletive) devastating.

“For Conor to smash ‘Cowboy’ like that in front of his wife, his kid, his grandma and the whole world. You’ve got to have some respect for that man, and this sport demands a different perspective. It’s not the same thing as a ball going into a hoop. It’s not the same thing as crossing a line with a football. It’s different. It’s very intense and very personal, and it’s also very (expletive) dangerous and to play it off like it’s just a game, I don’t agree with it.”

Rogan understands that Smith is a household name in sports broadcasting and why ESPN added him to the program. However, the longtime UFC commentator simply believes his comments are a bad look on the sport.

“That’s a bad look for everybody,” Rogan said. “It’s a bad look for ESPN, it’s a bad look for him, it’s a bad look for the sport. There’s other people that can do this. … We have plenty of people out there who understand the sport. There’s plenty of them. But the thing about him is he’s really popular.

“(He just got a contract extension) because his personality is so fun. He’s a fun guy to watch and people love (expletive)-talking and they love people arguing about (expletive) and one person is better at arguing. Stephen A. Smith is really good at that stuff. But it’s not the place for MMA. It’s just not the place. It’s not the same thing.”

What do you think about Rogan’s comments regarding Smith being on UFC broadcasts?

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Stipe Miocic Cleared From Eye Injury, No Timetable For ‘DC’ Trilogy

Stipe Miocic seems to be all healed up from his eye injury following a fourth-round TKO win over Daniel Cormier last August to regain the UFC heavyweight title. Miocic rematched Cormier from their initial meeting in July of 2018, where Miocic was knocked out in the first round, ending his historic heavyweight title reign, which […]

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Stipe Miocic seems to be all healed up from his eye injury following a fourth-round TKO win over Daniel Cormier last August to regain the UFC heavyweight title.

Miocic rematched Cormier from their initial meeting in July of 2018, where Miocic was knocked out in the first round, ending his historic heavyweight title reign, which featured the most successful defenses in the history of the division at three. Now, a trilogy bout is expected between the two, but only until Miocic is fully healed from his recent injury.

The heavyweight champ was recently honored as the Greater Cleveland Sports Awards’ “Pro Athlete of the Year,” where he spoke to media about his status. Miocic revealed he was cleared by doctors a week ago. (H/T MMA Junkie)

“(I’m) better – a lot better,” Miocic said. “It’s healed up. I’m taking my time with it because I’m 37, so I don’t want to injure it again. I want to be able to see out of both eyes when I get older. That’s all I really care about right now. I love fighting, but my health is more important.

“… (I was cleared) about a week ago. I’ve been trying to spar a little bit. It’s been rough because I’ve not sparred in over five months. The guys that I take it out on would take it out on me. It’s not been fun. I’m thinking about that in the back of my mind.”

However, Miocic isn’t going to rush things. He will take his time and return to fighting action once his body feels the time is right.

“Not right now,” Miocic said. “I just got cleared. I’m taking my time getting back into the swing of things. We’ll figure it out and see what happens.”

What do you think about Miocic being cleared from his eye injury? When do you expect his trilogy with Cormier to take place?

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Paige VanZant Issues Statement After Injury, Reveals Target Return Date

As noted, Paige VanZant’s return to the Octagon will have to wait even longer. VanZant was expected to face off against Amanda Ribas at UFC Brasilia this March. However, it was announced that VanZant was forced to pull from the card with an injury, allowing Randa Markos to step in. Now, VanZant has taken to […]

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As noted, Paige VanZant’s return to the Octagon will have to wait even longer. VanZant was expected to face off against Amanda Ribas at UFC Brasilia this March.

However, it was announced that VanZant was forced to pull from the card with an injury, allowing Randa Markos to step in. Now, VanZant has taken to Instagram to issue a statement on the matter. VanZant noted that she did, in fact, fracture her arm again. She also added that a recovery time of six to eight weeks is expected According to VanZant’s doctor, she’ll be ready to fight again in May.

“You know that Japanese proverb “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Well my story is break your arm three times, keep fighting four. Anyone could choose to give up here, it would be the easiest thing to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength. Yes I fractured my arm again. No this isn’t the end of my story. This is a very small fracture and will only take 6-8 weeks to heal.

“My Dr. said I will be back ready to take a fight in May. This is the second time I broke through a screw hole where my plate in my arm is, third break in a third spot. I know I need to adjust my training now that I have a permanent plate and screws in there. I will make those adjustments and I will return successfully just as I have before.

“I am not going anywhere, I am only 25 years old and I am a gangster fighter. I will be making my UFC return in May. God just wanted me to have a little more patience. Send me some good vibes #fanzants I could use some love”

VanZant snapped a two-fight losing streak back in January of last year. She submitted Rachael Ostovich coming off two losses to Michelle Waterson and Jessica-Rose Clark. The 25-year-old’s next fight will be the final of her contract with the UFC. She plans on testing the free agency market after her deal is up. VanZant’s husband, Austin Vanderford, fights for Bellator MMA.

Who do you want to see VanZant fight upon her return to the Octagon?

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Leon Edwards Claims He’s Been Promised UFC Title Shot If He Beats Tyron Woodley

Leon Edwards has a major claim regarding his next bout with Tyron Woodley. Edwards and Woodley will do battle on March 21. The welterweight tilt will serve as UFC London’s main event. “Rocky” is hoping to extend his winning streak to …

Leon Edwards has a major claim regarding his next bout with Tyron Woodley. Edwards and Woodley will do battle on March 21. The welterweight tilt will serve as UFC London’s main event. “Rocky” is hoping to extend his winning streak to nine. Edwards Says He’s Guaranteed UFC Title Shot If He Beats Woodley TSN’s Aaron […]

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Robert Whittaker Calls Out False Rumors Going Around About Him

Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was expected to make his return to Octagon action at UFC 248 in March. Whittaker was scheduled to face Jared Cannonier on the pay-per-view (PPV) card. However, “Bobby Knuckles” pulled from the event due to undisclosed personal reasons. Soon after, reports began to surface that Whittaker had actually pulled […]

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Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker was expected to make his return to Octagon action at UFC 248 in March.

Whittaker was scheduled to face Jared Cannonier on the pay-per-view (PPV) card. However, “Bobby Knuckles” pulled from the event due to undisclosed personal reasons. Soon after, reports began to surface that Whittaker had actually pulled from the card because he is going to donate bone marrow to his ill daughter. Whittaker’s two-year-old daughter, Lilliana, is reportedly sick.

However, Whittaker has taken to Instagram to provide a brief update on his situation, calling out some false rumors that were going around about him. He didn’t mention the report going around about his daughter, however. Whittaker added that he’ll be back soon, stronger and better.

“Thanks everyone for all the support & well wishes, lots of false rumors out there so please ignore them. I have been off socials working with some personal matters and spending time with my family, i will back very soon, stronger & better than ever before. #alliswell #reapernation

Whittaker comes off a second-round knockout loss to Israel Adesanya in October, where he dropped the 185-pound title to his Nigerian foe. Prior to the loss, Whittaker was on a nine-fight win streak, which included wins over Uriah Hall, Derek Brunson, Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza, and two wins over Yoel Romero.

His bout with Adesanya was his first official title defense due to Romero missing weight in their second bout, making it a non-title contest. The 29-year-old sounds prepared to get back on track to the 185-pound title, perhaps eventually rematching Adesanya after what was a lopsided contest in their initial bout at UFC 243.

What do you think about Whittaker’s comments?

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Paige VanZant Speaks On Pulling Out Of UFC Brasilia

Paige VanZant has to deal with yet another setback. VanZant was scheduled to meet Amanda Ribas on the UFC Brasilia card on March 14. It would’ve been “12 Gauge’s” first bout since Jan. 2019. Reports surfaced that VanZant is bein…

Paige VanZant has to deal with yet another setback. VanZant was scheduled to meet Amanda Ribas on the UFC Brasilia card on March 14. It would’ve been “12 Gauge’s” first bout since Jan. 2019. Reports surfaced that VanZant is being replaced by Randa Markos. Paige VanZant Reveals Another Arm Fracture VanZant has had a rough […]

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