UFC commentator Joe Rogan might not need to keep his head on a swivel, after all.
After cracking jokes about Invicta FC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg on his podcast alongside UFC president Dana White and fellow comedian Tony Hinchcliffe, Rogan apologized to the Brazilian in an interview with Bloody Elbow's Steph Daniels.
"Well, if I had to do it again, I definitely wouldn't have made the joke," Rogan said. "It was in the context of Dana [White] asking about roasting fighters, like he wanted to do a thing for Fight Pass. It's one of the reasons why I said he should do it with Tony Hinchcliffe, because Tony is hilarious and he's one of the best roast writers and roast performers in the country.
"We had a couple drinks and we were joking around about it, and I said, ‘You should roast Cyborg.' Dana said, ‘I wouldn't know where you would start,' or something like that, ‘Where would you start?', and I said, ‘Her dick.'
Cyborg has been on a tear since the podcast was posted on Nov. 16, even engaging in a nasty back and forth with Hinchcliffe over Twitter.
She went on to make multiple posts criticizing the comments, writing that the trio's "bullying" made her own father cry.
"When guys as high profile as Joe Rogan make these types of jokes it opens the door for fans and other people in the sport to make similar comments because they see the example and think it's acceptable," Cyborg posted on her personal Facebook page. "No one deserves to get 1,000 of messages a week attacking their self esteem. I will be announcing news soon on a new program designed to help increase awareness about online bullying."
"I shouldn't have said it," said Rogan. "But it's what you say if you're hanging around with comedians, you know? It's what we do. Plus, I had a couple of drinks. It was just a dumb thing to do, and I certainly didn't mean it with any malice. I honestly didn't. Then Tony elaborated on it and went even deeper with it.
"That's what you do in a roast. She didn't ask to be roasted, and it's not her fault, but it was in the context of what we were doing. Still, I shouldn't have done it, I shouldn't have said it. I do feel bad about it, because I didn't want to hurt her feelings."
Rogan went on to explain that he's actually quite a big fan of Cyborg, citing her tough professional Muay Thai bout with standout Jorina Baars at Lion Fight 14 in 2014.
"Honestly, steroid allegations aside and all that other nonsense, I'm a fan of her as a fighter. I think she fights very well. She's very tough and she's fun to watch. I've said that before, and I've said it recently in a podcast with John Wayne Parr. We were talking about her fight with Jorina Baars, and I said it was a ballsy move for her to take that fight. Even though she lost that fight, she fought hard. She kept coming after Baars and she did very well.
"Anyway, I didn't mean to start any static with her or anything like that, so I hope she accepts my apology. It's my fault and I take full responsibility."
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