Dana White went through the middle, addressing the back and forth between Stephen A. Smith and Joe Rogan to UFC 246.
The UFC president has not criticized either of the two men and has decided to explain the differences between the two.
“One of the things we did when buying and building the UFC was to fight fans ourselves. … I'm a big fight fan, ”White said to MMA Junkie. “Lorenzo (Fertitta) was a big fight fan. Joe Rogan is a big fight fan. One of the things we hated was the HBO boxing and some others that they did – listen, you tune in and buy the pay-per-view because you love these guys and respect these fighters, and you're one Sports fan. The last thing you want to do is hear someone tear them apart. "
Smith had fooled Donald Cerrone for losing to Conor McGregor in the first round and even suggested that he had stopped. Rogan replied that Smith didn't have the right perspective.
"It is not the same as a ball going into a tire. It is not the same as crossing a border with a soccer ball," said Rogan. "It is different. It is very intense and very personal, and it is also very dangerous, and playing it out as if it were just a game, I do not agree with that. "
Smith didn't like the fact that he was being addressed.
"You have your right, just as I have the right to answer as I am doing," said Smith. "But every time you want to talk to me about this fight or if you want to talk to me about my qualifications to discuss something in the world of sports, give time and place, Joe Rogan, and I will show up. It's not a problem. It's not a problem at all. "
White understood every page.
"There will be times when I'm angry with someone and I'll give my opinion on what they did or whatever – or whether a fight is really bad or someone did something. What we don't do is when a fight is over and a guy loses, we don't go in and tear them up. It's just not our style. We are fans. We don't do that, "he said.
"I think Rogan reacted to that. That is our philosophy here. For Stephen A. Smith, that's his thing. He does that. It will happen. There will always be people who have different opinions, especially if you have two very sensitive types like Stephen A. Smith and Joe Rogan. "