Chase Hooper Reveals Issues With Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan Commentary

Published 12/24/2020, 9:49 AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 11: (L-R) Chase Hooper and Peter Barrett face off during the UFC 256 weigh-in at UFC APEX on December 11, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier form the bulk of the commentary team for all major UFC events, along with Jon Anik. Cormier is a former world champion, and Rogan is one of the most respected men in the sport. However, they are also very frank on commentary, whether it is warranted.

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Chase Hooper, who won his bout against Peter Barrett at UFC 256, feels that they were overly harsh with their commentary.

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“It’s brutal to hear these people that you kind of idolize a little bit sh*tting all over you. It’s hard to deal with. Some points were valid, but I just feel like it was a little more accentuated than it needed to be. Obviously, I know I need to work on my striking, and I’m getting that situated. I’m gonna go to Thailand and get the work in that I need.”

Hooper added, “I heard they were pretty brutal the whole night, overall. It’s just a little harder when it’s about you specifically.”

Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier: Are they too harsh?

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Joe Rogan and Cormier do have a penchant for getting carried away during commentary. However, this is a problem that almost every commentator in MMA faces. One cannot say that Michael Bisping or Dominick Cruz don’t have a tendency to tell the fights how they see it.

PASADENA, CA – FEBRUARY 01: Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on February 1, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

However, the issue with Hooper may be a little different. He is very young and just entering the sport. Rogan and Cormier could be MMA personalities that Hooper looks up to. Them criticizing him in a fight that he felt he was doing well in could rub him the wrong way. Not in a way that makes him angry, but maybe disappointed in the treatment received.

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Hooper has finally gotten his career back on track after a loss to Alex Caceres earlier this year. With this win under his belt, the grappling sensation should slowly make his way back up the UFC Featherweight rankings.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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