LAS VEGAS - MAY 28: UFC fighter Quinton "Rampage" Jackson (L) speaks to Joe Rogan (R) and the crowd about his fight against UFC fighter Rashad Evans at UFC 114: Rampage versus Rashad at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on May 28, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
Quinton Jackson recently called out UFC color commentator Joe Rogan for "playing the rusty trombone for jiu-jitsu fighters." The argument "Rampage" made was essentially that Rogan is biased towards jiu-jitsu guys and it shows in his commentary.
And Jackson just wants him to shut the f*ck up sometimes.
Now, Rogan has taken the time to respond on his podcast and he's eager to clear up the confusion:
"Rampage Jackson's mad at me. I was watching and he was calling me fake ass. He was saying that all I want him to do his throw low kicks and the reason he doesn't throw low kicks is because he was fighting a wrestler 'you dumbass.' Look, man, I love Rampage. I don't mean to be rude when I assess things. I'm just trying to objectively figure out how this guy could be doing better than he's doing. ... When I'm doing commentary on a fight, all I'm trying to do is sort of objectively assess what I think someone could be doing differently to try to get themselves out of spot if they're not winning or... I'm just trying to commentate. I'm not like critiquing the guy's soul. I'm not like breaking down who he is as a person. I like the guy a lot. ... The last thing I want to do is add more pressure or add more stress. All I'm doing is trying to just... I'm analyzing the fight, that's all it is. I have to be objective. I can't protect someone's feelings at the expense of doing what I'm supposed to be doing, which is sort of analyzing what's going on."
It's a tightrope Rogan walks when calling shows. He has to objectively call the action while putting personal feelings aside and avoid letting outside factors influence how he analyzes fights.
Such as "Rampage" calling him out.
We'll get to see what affect, if any, this has on Rogan when he commentates Jackson's upcoming bout against Ryan Bader at UFC 144 this upcoming Sat., Feb. 25, 2012, in Japan. And the post-fight interview, should Jackson win, will be interesting to say the least.
Catch video of Rogan talking about the incident -- including what he thinks would happen if they ran into each other on the street -- after the jump.