If you saw the immediate juxtaposition of gold standard UFC commentary team Joe Rogan and Mike Goldberg with the guys at the Fox desk during UFC on Fox 2 last month, you probably gained an appreciation for Rogan and Goldie and the relative smoothness they’ve developed in their routine over the years; they may not be perfect, but they’re certainly the best we’ve got right now.
It doesn’t sound like Quinton “Rampage” Jackson watched UFC on Fox 2.
In a recent interview with FightersOnly, Rampage sounded off on Rogan’s commentary, slamming the longtime play-by-play man for being bias and for misunderstanding exactly what the fighters are going through before and when they step into the cage.
“After your fight then you gotta, if you win, Joe Rogan gotta do an interview with you and most likely he’s been talking crap about you the whole time on how you don’t throw know leg kicks,” said Rampage. “That’s what I dread. I’m like, ‘Here comes Joe Rogan.’ And to be all fake in your face when he just picked apart your whole game like he’s the best fighter in the world and he knows every decision you decided to make while he’s sitting there commentating and watching you.”
Jackson had plenty more where that came from, comparing Rogan unfavorably against the old Pride commentary team of Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros and alleging that the accomplished Brazilian ji-jitsu player shows a bias when commentating towards grapplers.
“You know he’s got good jiu-jitsu because he’s so biased against jiu-jitsu guys. You can hear it in his voice,” he said. “Whenever a guy is a jiu-jitsu fighter, Joe Rogan might as well be playing the rusty trombone. … I don’t think you should talk down to, or — I think you should be neutral. I’m gonna tell you guys a story. When I used to fight in PRIDE, watch Bas Rutten and Stephen Quadros commentary. Those guys were my good friends and you couldn’t even tell when they were doing commentary. Even though we hung out and laughed, we hung out outside of work sometimes — me and Steve Quadros and Bas Rutten — we were good friends, but when I fought they weren’t biased towards me. They did their job. … They weren’t biased towards skills or anything like that.
“That’s the way it should be. That’s all I’m saying. Walk a mile in my shoes. I’m the fighter. I’m the one who had to go through training camp with injuries and I know I shouldn’t do this maneuver, but I’m not gonna go and tell everybody, ‘Oh, I’m hurt here so I’m not gonna do that.’ And then to have some commentator say, ‘Oh, he should do this, he should do this.’ You just want to look out the cage while you’re fighting and say, Shut the f*** up!”
Whether he likes it or not, Rogan will call Jackson’s next fight, which is to come later this month against Ryan Bader in the co-main event of UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson.