To add insult to injury following Jose Aldo’s devastating loss at UFC 194, Joe Rogan in his commentary during the match implied that Jose Aldo is a drug cheat. Rogan started by mentioning the Aldo looked soft around the middle, and then later went on to recount an incident where Aldo’s camp tried to prevent Aldo from being tested. In response to the insinuations, Jose Aldo’s coach referred to Rogan as “that clown” who need to “draw your own conclusions.”
Since then, Joe Rogan has apologized to Jose Aldo and his coach Andre Pederneiras, stating that the comments came from leaked audio of a private conversation and that he stands corrected regarding Aldo’s physical state during the fight after seeing other recent photos of the champion. Rogan went on the hail Aldo as a great champion who is on his “short list of all time favorite fighters.”
There was an audio “leak” from inside the UFC production truck right before Saturday night’s fight where I said that…
Posted by Joe Rogan on Wednesday, December 16, 2015
“There was an audio “leak” from inside the UFC production truck right before Saturday night’s fight where I said that Jose Aldo’s body looked smooth and deflated, and that I didn’t want to jump to any conclusions and that it could have just been from doing a lot of cardio. I also said he looked nervous. Needless to say this caused a lot of controversy.
Since then people have posted photos of Aldo recently as well as from this fight, and he looked very similar.
So for that, I stand corrected. My apologies for being wrong to Aldo and his trainer Andre Pederneiras. I have nothing but admiration and respect for both of them.
This wasn’t supposed to be a public conversation, I was just talking to my friend the producer in the truck privately.
As you can see from this photo from earlier in his career his body looked different from how he looked Saturday night. There are several possible reasons for that, one of them being that the 1st photo is him moving, and another that he had endurance problems in the later rounds of his fights and might have leaned out.
Another thing some were upset with was that I didn’t want an immediate rematch, and that I thought Conor should fight Frankie Edgar. My reasons for this are that I think Frankie stylistically is a great match up for Conor. I also think that when someone suffers a brutal knockout they should take a lot of time off to recover. I’m not a promoter, and I don’t get to decide who fights who or when, and for that I’m grateful. What I am though, is someone who respects and cares very deeply for fighters and their health. Too many times I’ve seen fighters come back too soon from being KO’ed and watch them not be able to absorb punishment anymore.
Aldo is on my short list of all time favorite fighters, along with Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva, GSP, Mighty Mouse, and Fedor.
I would love to see Aldo back motivated for revenge and gunning to regain his title. First though, I’d like to see him rest and recover.
Again, my apologies to Jose Aldo and Andre Pederneiras and anyone else I offended with my opinions.”