UFC president Dana White seemed livid inside the Octagon after wrapping the bantamweight belt around Ronda Rousey’s waist. Not because Rousey disposed of Alexis Davis with the greatest of ease, but because UFC color commentator Joe Rogan put Rousey on the spot during her post-fight interview.
“The truck just asked me to ask you if you would fight on August 2,” Rogan probed.
Last week, Rousey claimed she’d take a fight on 24-hours’ notice. With UFC 176 in desperate need of a new main event after featherweight champ Jose Aldo was forced out of his bout against Chad Mendes with an injury at the 11th hour, some thought “Rowdy” would be the perfect last-minute substitute – particularly since it only took her 16 seconds to beat Davis, she lives in Southern California, where the event will take place, and Los Angeles is the second-largest media market in the world.
Rousey told Rogan she was down, if she receives medical clearance.
White did not seem happy.
Following the post-fight press conference, White said he wasn’t upset with Rogan for putting his golden girl on the spot. However, the UFC’s broadcast team is a different story.
“I wasn’t upset with Joe Rogan,” White stated. “I was upset with the truck telling him to tell Ronda that she’s going to fight again.
“That wasn’t true. That was some s*** that somebody made up back there. It was the biggest idiotic move in the history of our production team.”
In any event, Rousey needed nine stitches in her right hand after the fight courtesy of Davis’ face. In addition, she’s having issues with her right knee that may require surgery.
Sorry, UFC 175. Looks like Rousey won’t be headlining – much to the dismay of the UFC’s broadcast team.
UFC 175 took place inside Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.