After suffering a devastating third-round KO loss to Jon Jones in the UFC 214 main event, former light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier still did an interview with Joe Rogan. The whole segment didn’t last even a minute, as a concussed and emotional Cormier admitted that he “didn’t know what happened.”
“I don’t think it’s a good idea to interview fighters after they’ve been knocked out, but I really wanted to give you a chance to express yourself,” Rogan said before asking his final question to Cormier.
This decision caused considerable backlash, with UFC president Dana White addressing the issue in the post-fight press conference. He noted that it was Rogan’s decision alone to interview Cormier, and Rogan himself admitted that he violated his own rule of not interviewing KO’d fighters. In a series of tweets made on Sunday, Rogan has since apologized for his decision.
My apologies to @dc_mma and to all of you upset by my interviewing him after the fight. In all honestly I was kind of in shock.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) July 30, 2017
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— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) July 30, 2017
And then I wound up doing it to someone I care a great deal about. D.C. Is a great man and the whole thing was surreal.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) July 30, 2017
Again, no one asked me to do it. It was 100% my fuck up. Like I said, I was kind of in shock.— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) July 30, 2017
Both of Cormier’s MMA losses have been to Jon Jones, and Saturday night was the first time he’d ever been stopped.