Video: Joe Rogan explains statements about 'fat' referee, and gay sex during UFC 154 broadcast

Joe Rogan addressed a few controversial things he recently said on the UFC 154 broadcast where he called a referee fat, and made a Lance Bass joke about gay sex.

Joe Rogan has apparently ticked off a few people with some of his statements on the UFC 154 broadcast, so the long time UFC commentator addressed those issues on his podcast. First off, he explains the joke he made when he called referee Philippe Chartier "fat" during the Francis Carmont vs. Tom Lawlor bout:

I'm looking at this guy. He's not in shape at all. He has neglected his body. There's no reason for me to judge him in the outside world. And people got upset at me for saying that because it was being blunt, or rude. someone actually said that I was a 'bully' for doing that, so I felt that it should be addressed.

...You have to be knowledgeable about martial arts, and you have to be able to physically separate people. You have to be able to move, and move very quickly. It's a matter of the safety for all our fighters, and it's very important.

I did joke around about it, and I called the guy fat, but guess what, he's fat. Yeah, it wasn't nice. I would never do it on real life, or on any other situation, but I was looking at someone who perhaps could possibly put someone in jeopardy... no discredit to (the Athletic Commission), but I someone has to look at the possibility of some sort of physical requirement.

You have to be careful... It was ridiculous. It wasn't like he was kinda fat, he's a big guy. This is nuts. That guy can't move.

Rogan also addressed and apologized for a statement he made during the FX broadcast where he talks about the co-main event. He said, "Martin Kampmann comes from behind more often than Lance Bass", and the joke referencing the openly gay pop star has apparently irked a few fans.

Watch the video for Rogan's full statement, but here are a few snippets on the topic:

"Right after I said that, I can see Goldbert cringe, and I was like 'yeah, I probably shouldn't have said that one'."

"But to me as a comedian, I wanted first of all to give Adam Hunter props, because it was funny. And two, if I was hanging around with my friends, I would've said it too. That's how I treat the commentary. I try to be as professional as possible, but on this situation I let that one slip."

"If your kids heard that, I'm sorry, I didn't think of that."

"...I am not homophobic in the slightest, nor is that joke... It's a joke about gay sex, it's not saying there's anything wrong about gay sex."

During UFC events, Rogan should really be able to properly separate being a comedian from being a professional and public figure for the UFC, especially when they're on outlets such as Fox and FX. That being said, I personally have no qualms about the actual joke itself. I don't think it's worth getting up in arms about, but I do understand some people's negative sentiments towards it.

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