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Matt Hughes Critiques Joe Rogan’s UFC 121 Commentary

UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes has plenty to say in the wake of UFC 121. In addition to predicting the end of fellow MMA veteran and pioneer Tito Ortiz’s Octagon career, the former UFC Welterweight Champion also took issue with UFC color commentator Joe Rogan’s commentary track during the Jake Shields-Martin Kampmann–going so far as suggesting the UFC hire a fighter as part of the commentary team to offset Rogan’s sometimes off-base or inaccurate calls.

“Jake Shields fight was interesting to me,” Hughes wrote. “Jake ran out of gas, but still ended up getting the split decision. From a technical view, Kampmann had a terrible fight, in my opinion, he gave the fight to Shields. One thing I will say is Joe Rogan’s commentary was a little off during the fight. The ground game was pretty even in my book with Shields doing a little more controlling. Kampmann escaped to his feet several times and Kampmann had more submission attempts than Shields had, but listening to Rogan, you would have thought Shield had submitted him the first ten seconds of being on the ground. I really think the UFC could use a third man doing the broadcast, that has some experience inside the octagon. I don’t disagree with everything Rogan says, but there are a lot of things he says that I just laugh at.”

Hughes, who is currently on an unpredicted late-career upturn, will avoid Joe Rogan’s commentary for at least one upcoming fight: his upcoming UFC 123 battle with former rival BJ “The Prodigy” Penn, going down this November 20th in Auburn Hills, Michigan.