- The Washington Times - Monday, July 31, 2017

Mixed martial arts commentator Joe Rogan says he made a mistake interviewing fighter Daniel Cormier right after a brutal knockout by Jon Jones during Saturday night’s UFC 214.

“My apologies to D.C. And to everyone else upset at me for interviewing him after the fight,” Mr. Rogan wrote in an Instagram post on Sunday. “In all honestly 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.”

Saturday’s fight ended after Mr. Jones delivered a flurry of punches to Mr. Cormier’s head as he laid hunched forward on the octagon floor. After the fight ended, Mr. Rogan had rushed to get Mr. Cormier’s reaction for a tearful live interview.

Mr. Rogan said Sunday that he broke his own rule of not interviewing fighters post-knockout.

“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,” he wrote. “I was beating myself up about it all night, and whenever something like that happens it’s always my sincere intention to apologize and express my honest feelings. It’ll never happen again.”

Mr. Rogan’s interview wasn’t the only controversy that arose Saturday night. Referee John McCarthy was criticized for not stopping the fight sooner. He later took to Twitter to admit he should have stopped the fight two punches earlier.

“Every referee wants to be perfect, but that’s just not a possibility. I know why I let it go, what I was looking 4 & what I told D.C.,” he wrote. “I have watched the fight 2 many times & believe I should have stopped the fight 2 punches earlier. But I don’t get 2nd chances #AskBJM.”

Mr. Cormier wrote an Instagram post addressing Mr. McCarthy that read, “I am thankful for the time you gave me to try and defend myself and stay in the fight.”

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