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Rogan talks UFC vs. McGregor: 'They had a pissing contest and Conor lost'

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Joe Rogan is laying it on the line as far as what went down between Conor McGregor and the UFC.

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As the dust continues to settle from Conor McGregor's spat with the UFC, it seems like the narrative of just what went on between the two sides has become a little more concrete. Helping figure out just what went down and why is UFC commentator Joe Rogan. Rogan recently went on ESPN Radio's "The Dan Le Batard Show" to talk about UFC 200 and why it's going to be missing a fight between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz.

From Rogan's relative insider perspective, it sounds like things are just about exactly what they seem (transcript via MMA Fighting):

"Conor is not dumb," Rogan said. "They had a pissing contest and Conor lost. It's really that simple. He just decided that he was going to put his foot down and tell the UFC he wasn't doing any media obligations and the UFC said, 'Well, that's not how it works.'"
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"You don't win those things against the UFC," Rogan said. "They don't want to be in a contest with you. So if you engage in a contest with them, they have to set a precedent that they're not there to engage in contests with fighters. They're there to promote fights. That's what they do. And when you're promoting a fight, you have to do your media obligations. That's their position and I understand their position. And honestly, I understand his position, too. He doesn't want to have to do media, he just wants to prepare for a big fight and he thinks he's a big enough star that the fight is gonna sell itself. The UFC disagrees and that's where they had an impasse."

Considering how much controversy McGregor was able to stir up from his training camp in Iceland, he may have had the right of it in terms of how necessary his physical presence was for promotional duties. However, that's all water under the bridge now. And hopefully the two sides can find enough common ground quickly so that fans can see McGregor fight at least once more in 2016.