Joe Rogan apologizes for interviewing concussed Daniel Cormier: ‘100 percent my (expletive) up’
After Daniel Cormier gave a short, dazed interview following his knockout loss to Jon Jones on Saturday at UFC 214, coach Javier Mendez said Joe Rogan probably felt bad about it.
Mendez was right. Today, Rogan took to social media to apologize to both Cormier – who was later proven to be concussed – and the fans for what happened. He also confirmed UFC President Dana White’s information that the decision to do the interview was all Rogan’s – despite the fact he was breaking his own rule by doing it.
The longtime analyst explained that he was simply in shock with the “surreal” events of the evening when he made the call. And, after “beating himself up” about it, he vowed to never let it happen again.
“It was 100% my (expletive) up,” Rogan said in a series of tweets. “I don’t think I realized what I was doing until I actually had a mic in front of him. I’ve said I don’t want to interview KO’ed fighters.”
Rogan also extended the apologies to Instagram.
While Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) held his own for most of the light heavyweight headliner, which aired on pay-per-view from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., he ended up succumbing to a third-round head kick by Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC). He also took some follow-up punches – including “four or five” that White deemed unnecessary damage – before referee John McCarthy stepped in.
Although Mendez believes Cormier, who’s now 0-2 against his bitter rival, “had no business” being interviewed immediately after the stoppage, he also believes Rogan was unaware of Cormier’s actual state when he brought the mic to the fighter.
“I am pretty sure he didn’t know ‘D.C.’ had a concussion (before the interview began),” Mendez said. “I’m sure it was after (the interview started Rogan) is when he realized ‘D.C.’ was not (all) there.”