Joe Rogan has expressed some serious concerns about the UFC’s recent inclination to prioritise ‘money fights’.
Since the emergence of Conor McGregor in the UFC, there has been an increasing tendency for the promotion to create ‘money fights’ over traditional champion vs number one contender bouts.
Dana White stated recently that he himself is sick of hearing about ‘money fights’ and that he wants every person on the UFC roster to simply take on whoever is legitimately next in line in their division. However, the promotion only recently booked a bout between middleweight champion Michael Bisping and former UFC welterweight legend, Georges St-Pierre.
Speaking on ESPN’s 5ive Rounds podcast, Joe Rogan stated that he had serious issues with the bout and that he no longer understands the purpose of titles if this was the direction that the UFC was going to move in.
“I really want to see Yoel Romero get a shot at the title,” said Rogan. I know he’s waiting, he’s waiting right now for what I think is an interesting fight between Michael Bisping and Georges St-Pierre. I think that’s an interesting fight. I don’t like it in terms of the hierarchy of the division. I think that, as far as the division goes, it’s not good at all. It sort of hijacks the whole situation…”
“If you have a champion and you have all these people waiting in line to get a shot at that champion, the person who is perceived to be the best in that division is the one who should be fighting the champion next. The champion should always be fighting the number one available challenger. Right now, that is Yoel Romero.”
“As a person who deeply respects the position of champion – if you’re gonna do this whole interim title thing and you’re gonna have guys come back after being out of the sport for three years and get a shot right at the title, why have f**king championships at all?”
“Why have a champion at all? Just set up great fights. And if you’re just setting up great fights, well that’s a great fight. Bisping versus GSP is a great fight. But if you’re going to have a title, this is the champion of the world, then the champion should be defending his title against the number one challenger and that right now is Yoel Romero.”