UFC commentary Joe Rogan caught a lot of criticisms over him asking Ronda Rousey if she would fight on the next PPV (UFC 176) on August 6th. Rousey said she would, but Dana White did not give the OK about it and was mad to say the least. Rogan stated that he asked the question after being prompted by a producer in the production truck. Rogan responded to the fans through MMAFighting.com:
“Just for the record Dana wasn’t pissed at me at all. I thought it was actually Dana’s idea when the producers interrupted me to get me to ask that question when I was trying to wrap up the interview. It’s incredibly rare that the guys in the truck ever ask me to ask a specific question.
He was upset that someone overstepped their bounds and decided it would be a good idea to ask Ronda to fight again in a month. Decisions like that always come from Dana and Lorenzo, so when a producer thought it would be a good idea to ask Ronda that before consulting them he was really pissed off.
I actually didn’t get blamed for anything. When I asked the question I specifically stated that the producers in the truck wanted me to ask. When Dana was pissed he asked me who said that and that’s when I realized it wasn’t his idea.”
The event Rogan was talking about UFC 176, the scheduled fight between Chad Mendes vs. Jose Aldo featherweight title bout that was pegged for UFC 176 on August 2nd was delayed to do Aldo getting hurt, UFC President Dana White said that the fight still could happen.
“Aldo is going to be out 45 days – the Mendes/Aldo fight can still happen. He always has neck injuries. He always has the neck. He has to do some sort of workout and neck thing. “I don’t know what it is. I’m not educated about it; I don’t know what I’m talking about. He’s not ready. He’ll be ready 45 days later. Forty-five days after (UFC 176) he’ll be OK to fight.”
UFC 176 takes place on August 2 in Los Angeles, California, at the Staples Center and will air live on pay-per-view.