Joe Rogan has explained his decision to interview UFC 241 headliner Daniel Cormier just after his fourth-round TKO defeat at the hands of Stipe Miocic.
At UFC 214, when Cormier was finished for the first time by his great rival Jon Jones, many had pointed fingers at Rogan for speaking to the clearly concussed and disoriented DC – a move that led to one of the most difficult to watch interviews we’ve seen in some time.
Of course, after Stipe Miocic’s TKO victory over the very same man last weekend – Rogan would have been forgiven for not opting to chat with him and yet, when the time came – in what could be Cormier’s final ever octagon appearance, he once again gave him the mic.
Cormier had the following to say upon being asked by Rogan for an interview directly afterwards.
“A lot of times we base decisions in emotion. I don’t want to be that guy. I’m going to go back and talk to [my wife] Selina and my coaches and we’ll figure out what’s next.
“Losing is just terrible for me. I’m a competitive guy and just losing any type of fight is just terrible. Being finished to me is just insane. That’s twice I’ve been stopped, that’s not good. I’m smart enough to understand that.”
Considering that it was DC who in some ways caused Rogan to rethink his approach to post-fight interviews, many people had wondered exactly why the famed colour-commentator was so quick to speak with the former champion after yet another TKO loss.
Taking to his official Facebook page, Rogan issued a lengthy post on the matter.
“Congrats to the GOAT heavyweight Stipe Miocic for regaining his crown and cementing his legacy as a legend! Some people were confused as to why I interviewed DC after the fight because I’ve publicly stated that I don’t think it’s a good idea to interview fighters after they’ve been KO’ed.
“I think most of what happened to DC was those brutal body shots, and although Stipe dropped him with head shots he was never out cold, and seemed clear headed after he stood up and the results were announced to the crowd and Stipe got the belt given to him. The UFC asked for an interview, and I asked DC if he was ok with it, and he said, Yes.
“I think interviewing fighters after a brutal loss is kinda sketchy, but I was also thinking that it’s possible that this may be the last time we see DC in the octagon. I love DC, and I would never want to put him in a bad position, but I made a judgment call and felt this would be alright.
“Whatever he decides to do from here on out the man is a future hall of famer and one of the best to ever do it. It will be very interesting to see what he decides to do from here out.”
Watch the interview in full below: