Note: This was a piece I wrote for Cage Pages regarding Joe Rogan’s request to not interview fighters who have been knocked out.
UFC 203 was remarkable for many reasons, including heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic successfully defending his championship – in front of his hometown crowd – after he finished Alistair Overeem in the first round.
UFC commentator Joe Rogan went to perform his duties of interviewing the fighters. When he spoke with Overeem, the former K-1 champion gave the champion his props but also mentioned something about Miocic supposedly tapping out while he had him in a guillotine choke – this is being referred to as “the phantom tap.”
“The ref didn’t see it, the ref didn’t jump in, so the fight continued,” Overeem said. “In my opinion, he tapped and it’s a bummer. Going to have to go back to the drawing board. I feel like I am the better fighter, but not today … but he clearly tapped.”
Some folks may think “well Overeem is making excuses for losing” and is trying to mess up Miocic’s moment.
Apparently Rogan didn’t think this was the case. After the event, he took to Twitter, asking the UFC to consider not having him interview fighters immediately after they are knocked out.
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