UFC color commentator Joe Rogan isn’t looking to get into a fight with Colby Covington but he’ll still offer up criticisms of the interim title challenger.
Just recently, Rogan had joked on his podcast that Covington might want to watch what he says when talking about former college roommate Jon Jones because it might just get him slapped when they see each other again. Covington responded by saying that he might just slap Rogan the next time they run into each other at a UFC show.
“Colby Covington, don’t slap me. Don’t slap me. I’m just talking s–t,” Rogan said on his most recent podcast when addressing the situation.
Rogan then began discussing Covington’s meteoric rise up the ranks that resulted in him earning a shot at the interim welterweight title at UFC 225 when he faces Rafael dos Anjos in the co-main event.
While Covington has won his last five fights in a row including a victory over former title contender Demian Maia, Rogan believes that the interim title fight is just as much about what the controversial welterweight has been saying as what he’s doing inside the Octagon.
“The reason why Colby is fighting for the title, the reason why Colby is going to fight Rafael dos Anjos for the interim title is not just because he’s beaten good guys. He has, he beat Demian Maia, but more importantly it’s that he’s going to put asses into the seats,” Rogan said. “It’s part of the fight business now.
“There’s pre and post Conor McGregor and post Conor McGregor the f–king game has changed. It’s red panties night baby. Everything’s different.”
Rogan continued by pointing out that Covington’s wins might be impressive but he still hasn’t gone through a laundry list of contenders or ex-champions to truly stand on top of the division.
That being said, Rogan knows that Covington has sold himself in such a way that the attention he’ll bring to UFC 225 is why he’s getting his shot at the interim belt.
“If you look at who he’s beaten…this is not a resume of someone you would normally see fighting for the title right now,” Rogan said. “I think he’s fighting for the title based not just on beating Demian Maia, who’s a really tough guy, but I think on the fact that he’s a controversial, very popular character.
“Cause he talks so much s–t and because he’s talked so much s–t about Brazilians.”
Whether it’s talk or what he’s doing in the cage, Covington is getting his title shot on June 9 and Rogan is expected to be sitting Octagon side to call the action from Chicago.