UFC commentator Joe Rogan hasn't been shy about his disdain for the Kimbo Slice/Dada 5000 fight this past weekend, calling it one of the "worst fights he's ever seen." He continued his rant on his podcast Sunday night.
Former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub suggested that the fight set the sport back "seven years," but Rogan thinks it did the most damage to Bellator. Rogan said of Bellator's strategy of booking "fun fights":
"I think, eventually, they've got to let all that go.
"They can't keep doing those. They should stop. This is the last one. If they keep doing it they're going to lose credibility. There's a lot of things they need to do."
Regardless of what Rogan thinks about the future of Bellator, he's not quite ready to throw the promotion's CEO Scott Coker under the bus just yet. Rogan admits that the higher-ups at Bellator probably didn't see the fight going down the way it did:
"I don't think [Bellator] thought that was going to be as bad as it was. I don't think anybody would have anticipated those guys would have gassed like that. That was the worst gassing in the history of gassing. Dada just didn't have enough gas. I kind of get that he wants to fight legitimately and he's got to take that paycheck, but I just wish he had a real strength and conditioning coach or trainer. But we're here talking about him. He got that. He made some money."
After being knocked out by Slice in the third round, Dada 5000 suffered cardiac arrest. He was resuscitated, rushed to hospital and was in stable condition by the next morning. In a statement released by his family on Saturday, the cardiac arrest was due to high levels of potassium in the blood, which led to "severe dehydration, fatigue and renal failure."
All of which Rogan didn't hold back about:
"Yeah, his heart stopped. It was filled with cheeseburgers and fried chicken and orange soda. He didn't train. There was no way he trained. I mean, he might have trained for a couple of days. You should have lost 40 pounds before. It's not like you didn't know you were going to do this."
And he didn't let up on Kimbo, either:
"How about Kimbo? What the fuck was going on with him? That wasn't even amateur hour. Really? If it was an amateur fight you'd be champing at the bit to fight those guys. 'I hope they're in my bracket.'"
Which led to Rogan's final thoughts about the fight:
"All you have to do is dance around for a few minutes and they're toast. How about that one exchange where Dada just lay down and Kimbo just rolled over on top of him. There was no takedown. I wonder if they were talking to each other. 'You want to take this to the ground, homie?'"