Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) showcased a pair of exciting bantamweight prospects at the UFC 216: “Ferguson vs. Lee” pay-per-view (PPV) event earlier this month (Oct. 6, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Cody Stamann vs. Tom Duquesnoy.
While Stamann entered the bout with an impressive 15-1 record — with eight finishes — the cageside commentary was hyperfocused on Duquesnoy, to the point where “Mr. Wonderful” was getting complaints from over 100 different people about the bias from Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier.
Stamann vents to MMA Fighting:
“As soon as it came out, I watched it. I had my phone hooked up to my Bluetooth, I was with a few people and I was listening to the commentary, and now by the end of the first round I was frustrated enough to want to throw my phone through a wall after what they were saying. They were talking about Duquesnoy, where he trains, and I’m taking him down, hitting him with combinations and they’re not saying anything about that. I felt like Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan owe me a little bit of an apology.”
“I felt like they were way more biased than they normally would be and I’m really not one to complain about that kind of stuff, but I was like, holy cow. I’ve had probably a hundred different people tell me that exact same thing, they were really loving Tom Duquesnoy for those first two rounds but in the third round they didn’t say his name again. So I guess I’m happy that I won them over, but at the same time that’s not their job to be that biased.”
Stamann won by split decision (full results here).
Rogan is no stranger to fighter complaints in regards to biased commentary. In addition to his pubic feud with former light heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson, the longtime Fear Factor host was routinely laughed at by ex-welterweight kingpin Matt Hughes.
As for Cormier… well, everyone boos him anyway, so it doesn’t matter.