Tyron Woodley may have picked up the biggest victory of his MMA career when he beat Carlos Condit at UFC 171 but he certainly wasn't a fan of the man providing color commentary for the event. Joe Rogan was critical of Woodley's cardio during the short fight and and according to Woodley, was overly complimentary of his opponent during the bout. He talked to MMA Mental about it (transcribed by David St. Martin of MMA Fighting):
"It's almost like they're punishing you for training hard.They're punishing you for being physically fit. I think Joe Rogan is horrendous for his commentary that he did for that fight. Everything was, 'Oh, Tyron threw a hard bomb but Carlos took it. He's got such a great chin. Oh, Tyron has a takedown. Look at Carlos. He's doing the mission impossible guard [mission control].' Everything that I did he was leaning it towards the credit of Carlos Condit.
"I think sometimes when you watch a fight and you listen to the commentary you can kind of veer the spectators, and hopefully not the UFC, in directions it shouldn't be going."
"I was not wincing," says Woodley. "I was not in any harm or any danger at any point in the fight. My cardio felt great and it was even in my gameplan to increase the level in the third round. I wasn't even at full speed. People say, 'He started off hard! He started off in a full sprint!' I didn't even start off in a full sprint. If they think that's a full sprint for me, then I'm happy with it because they haven't seen a full sprint yet."
In my eyes, he has a valid point. I know that Rogan (and Mike Goldberg) are only commenting on what they see, but a change in demeanor doesn't always mean a fighter is gassed out, especially after five minutes of fighting. It's okay to have a narrative for a bout, but putting it into overdrive that early sometimes takes away from what's actually happening in the cage. "He's hurt" or "It's deep!" or "He's tired" might be Rogan's gut reaction to something, but we've all heard it so many times in so many fights that it's like crying wolf at this point.
Still though, while I don't blame Woodley for being bothered by it, I guess it's it's just Rogan doing his job at the end of the day. A job that's certainly not as easy as we'd like to think it is.