Joe Rogan, never one to keep his thoughts to himself, recently got into a back-and-forth with ESPN'S Stephen A. Smith. Following Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone's 40-second loss to Conor McGregor during UFC 246, Smith said he was "disgusted" with Cerrone's "atrocious performance."
Rogan said he didn't agree with the take, and even implied Smith wasn't fit for MMA commentary. Smith responded and said that Rogan was "wrong on this one," adding that he thought his and ESPN's coverage was, in fact, "good for the sport." Following Smith's response, Rogan has hit back once again on a recent episode of his podcast.
"I was upset at Stpehen A. Smith and he made a video responding to me. [...] Stephen A. Smith—I guess I should respond—you're a very entertaining guy. I like you a lot. I appreciate the props you gave me in that video, but you're wrong," he explained, showing respect to Smith while also taking issue with his commentary. "Stephen A. Smith said he felt like Cowboy quit. He did not quit—he got smashed. You're talking about a guy who has the most fights in the UFC, the most finishes in the UFC, the most head-kick knockouts in the UFC, the most bonuses in the UFC. Cowboy is a fucking legend."
When Smith posted his video on Twitter responding to Rogan, Conor McGregor chimed in and asked for him to apologize to Cowboy for his comments. "Those who make the walk deserve full respect," he tweeted. "Apologise."
Bringing up McGregor's response to Smith, Rogan added that he also thinks an apology is an order. "So Stephen A. Smith responded, and then Conor responded, and Conor told him to apologize, and Conor’s right," he said.
Watch the full clip from The Joe Rogan Experience above.