Overeem, who had just lost to heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic via first-round knockout in his first UFC title fight, claimed that he felt Miocic tap-out when he had him in a guillotine position. The UFC production team replayed the sequence where Overeem stunned the Euclid, Ohio native and subsequently attempted to submit him not once, but twice (from different angles). There was clearly no tap.
Afterwards, Rogan revealed that he understood where Overeem was coming from. In a tweet sent out after UFC 203, the UFC commentator said that concussed fighters often suffer from memory loss. By saying that, he implied that, although there was no tap from Miocic, there is a strong chance Overeem truly thought he felt one during the fight and was incorrect post-fight because he had just been knocked out.
If you've ever talked to a friend who has been KO'ed their perception of reality can be drastically off & their memory is severely impaired.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) September 11, 2016
Rogan also claimed on Twitter that he requested to no longer interview fighters on the losing end of a knockout result.
I asked the UFC brass if we could please refrain from interviewing fighters after they've been KO'ed. I don't think it's wise nor fair.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) September 11, 2016
UFC officials have not commented on Rogan's request at this time.
Some people felt that it wasn't right to continue asking Overeem about a potential tap-out and air a replay more than once. But Rogan backed up his actions. He said that a replay had to be shown more than once because "The Reem" was confident in his claim.
@TWooodley I had to play it because I didn't know if he was right. It's always possible there's something we didn't see and he was adamant.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) September 11, 2016
UFC 203 took place live from the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland on Saturday evening.