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Morning Report: Joe Rogan says Bellator 'can't keep doing' fights like Kimbo Slice vs. Dada 5000

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You didn't need to watch Joe Rogan's "Fight Companion" podcast Sunday night to figure out his take on the action at Bellator 149.

The UFC commentator wasn't impressed with the event's co-main event between street fighters Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000/ Dhafir Harris, offering that it may have been "the worst fight he'd ever seen."

Former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub suggested Sunday night that the bout set the sport back "seven years," but Rogan thinks it really only hurt Bellator.

Giving a nod to the promotion's signings of Phil Davis and Ben Henderson, Rogan agreed that Bellator's direction will end up costing them more marque free agents.

"I think, eventually, they've got to let all that go," Rogan said of Bellator's strategy of booking "fun fights." "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."

Rogan isn't quite ready to slam Bellator CEO Scott Coker and Co. for the wacky bout. If you ask him, even Bellator brass probably didn't see that fight unfolding like it did.

"I don't think [Bellator] thought that was going to be as bad as it was," Rogan said of the bout. "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 TKO'd by Slice in the third round, Harris actually suffered cardiac arrest, multiple sources told MMA Fighting on Saturday. He was resuscitated, rushed to a Houston hospital and was in stable condition by morning. Harris' family released a statement Saturday saying Harris had high levels of potassium in his blood, which led to "severe dehydration, fatigue and renal failure."

"Yea, his heart stopped," said Rogan. "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. How about Kimbo? What the f**k 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.'

"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?'"

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Check out pros react to Bellator 149 (here), Fight Night: Cowboy vs. Cowboy (here) and "This Week in Struggle."

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Return of the king.

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It's not over.

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That'll do.

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Beef.

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Get well soon.

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Buds.


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Congrats.

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Please be careful.

Signing off from #daytona #copilot

Posted by Luke Rockhold on Sunday, February 21, 2016

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (Feb. 19-22 2016)

Phil Davis vs. Muhammed Lawal at Bellator 154

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Stefan Struve vs. Antonio Silva at UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Overeem

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