Joe Rogan has been doing UFC post-fight interviews for over 20 years.
He certainly has a long list of memorable interviews. Here is a breakdown of some of the best:
Jon Jones vs. Chael Sonnen at UFC 159
Immediately after celebrating his record-tying fifth light heavyweight title defense, Jones noticed the big toe on his left foot was broken and leaking blood. The look on Jones’ face instantly changed from happiness to fear when Rogan pointed out his hanging toe.
Rogan immediately grabbed a stool for the champ and called the doctor over. He said that Jones didn’t notice the injury right away due to his adrenaline rush.
Sean O’Malley vs. Andre Soukhamthath at UFC 222
O’Malley claimed a unanimous decision win, but sustained a bad injury in the third round.
He injured his right foot on a kick and fought on one leg for the remainder of the 3rd round. O’Malley won all 3 rounds 29-27, 29-27, 29-28, but couldn’t make it to his feet for the interview. Rogan performed the interview as O’Malley laid on the ground.
“I fu**ing love you Joe Rogan,” O’Malley shouted. “I fu**ing love you too,” replied Rogan.
Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov at UFC 229
Lewis knocked out Volkov with 15 seconds remaining in the fight. The “Black Beast” removed his shorts before the post-fight interview with Rogan. Of course, Rogan had to ask why he took off his shorts and Lewis replied, “Because my balls were hot”.
The line by Lewis instantly went viral causing his Instagram followers to triple. One month later, he had a title fight against Daniel Cormier.
Gray Maynard vs. Rob Emerson at The Ultimate Fighter 5 Finale Preliminary Card
Maynard seemed to be in control of the fight, but during the second round he picked up Emerson and slammed him to the mat. Emerson tapped out due to an injury to his ribs. At the same time, the referee believed that Maynard also could not continue because he hit his head on the mat and knocked himself out.
Since both fighters could not continue, the referee ruled it a “No Contest”. Rogan kept replaying the video of the moment he believed Maynard went unconscious. Maynard disagreed and spent the post-fight interview arguing with Rogan that he was just tired, but still conscious after the slam.
Randy Couture vs. Tim Sylvia at UFC 68
On January 11, 2007, Couture announced his return from retirement.
“The Natural” was 43-years-old when he defeated 30-year-old Sylvia by unanimous decision to become the UFC heavyweight champion for a third time. Sylvia was six inches taller and had a twelve-inch advantage in reach over Couture. Rogan was dumbfounded in the post-fight interview and said there were no words to what he just witnessed.
The commentator was speechless for the first time ever.
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