Joe Rogan regrets making comments about Jose Aldo’s “deflated” physique in the moments before the former featherweight champion lost his title to Conor McGregor at UFC 194.
The incident occurred Saturday, just as Bruce Buffer was in the middle of his pre-fight announcements. The cameras were focused on Aldo, who, according to Rogan, looked “soft.” The comments were made between Rogan and a member of the UFC’s production team.
Rogan later revisited the conversation on his podcast with former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub, who agreed with the UFC color commentator on the changes to Aldo’s physique — highlighting the UFC’s adoption of USADA testing as a possible reason.
Aldo’s longtime coach Andre Pederneiras took exception to the accusations made at his fighter, and posted photos of Aldo’s last four fights for comparison to defend his fighter.
Regretful of offending the former pound-for-pound king, Rogan took to social media to apologize:
“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.”