The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s Joe Rogan says he is sorry for interviewing Daniel Cormier after the fighter was recently knocked out at UFC 214 in Anaheim, CA.
“My apologies to D.C.,” he said in a Sunday Instagram post. “And to everyone else upset at me for interviewing him after the fight.”
“I was kind of in shock and I don’t think I realized what I was doing until I had a mic in my hand and I was talking to him,” the UFC color commentator added.
“I’ve said that I don’t want to interview fighters after they’ve been KO’ed and then I did it to someone that I care a great deal about. It was 100% my f--- up and no one pressured me to do it.”
Some Twitter users on Monday defended Rogan for interviewing Cormier after the latter was knocked unconscious fighting Jon Jones for the UFC’s light heavyweight championship.
Other people on the social media platform criticized Rogan for speaking with Cormier after the fighter had lost both his title and his second bout with Jones.
Cormier and Jones fought in the main event of UFC 214 last Saturday, with the former defending his light heavyweight title against the latter.
Jones ultimately emerged victorious in round 3, knocking out Cormier with a head kick and punches to win the UFC’s light heavyweight belt for the second time.
Saturday’s result also earned Jones a “Performance of the Night” award for his showing against Cormier.
Cormier and Jones began their bitter rivalry in 2015, feuding over the UFC’s title for 185 lb. fighters.
Jones defeated Cormier via unanimous judges’ decision during their first encounter over the championship, besting him in January 2015 at UFC 182 in Las Vegas.