Following UFC 203’s main event between champion Stipe Miocic and contender Alistair Overeem, there were some controversial things said by the contender that caused an odd moment in the Octagon. Overeem gave his post-fight Octagon interview with Joe Rogan after being knocked out by Miocic and said that Miocic had tapped out during their earlier exchange where Overeem had him in a guillotine choke.
Rogan took to the replay where both of them watched and no apparent tap was able to be seen from the footage being played back. Rogan later stated that he feels it is unfair to fighters who have just been knocked out to be put back in the spotlight and interviewed where their frame of mind may not be fully where it should be.
Former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion, UFC veteran and current UFC commentator Brian Stann took to his “Toe-2-Toe with Brian Stann” Sirius XM radio show to back Rogan up and give his experience of being knocked out by Wanderlei Silva at UFC on Fuel TV 8, back in 2013.
“Let me give you a bit of my perspective so you guys understand. Because, unless you’ve been through this, you don’t know what it’s like — to get up off the mat after being knocked out and then have to go in and immediately answer questions.”
Stann went on to give his memory of what he could piece back together after he was knocked out by Silva.
“Guys, when I was knocked out by Wanderlei Silva, I could watch the tape back,” said Stann. “I’m on the stool, I’m speaking to people. Then I stand up. I have no recollection of any of that. When that happened, the moment I realized I lost the fight, I did not come to and realized I had lost until Jon Anik put a microphone in my face. That is the only memory I have. I don’t remember any of the second round, don’t remember any of me getting up on the stool. I remember seeing a microphone in my face, blood dripping down and I realized I don’t remember winning, so I must have lost. I had no idea I lost the fight until that moment and then I went on and gave my post-fight speech.”
What are your thoughts on the fighters being interviewed in the Octagon immediately after being knocked out? Should the UFC continue to do them, or should they take Joe Rogan’s request to stop those immediate interviews from happening? Sound off in the comment section!