Jan Blachowicz pulled off an outstanding victory against Israel Adesanya at the UFC 259 PPV event last week in Las Vegas. The match was followed with rapt attention around the world and despite the latter starting as favorite, Poland’s Blachowicz put on a show and came up trumps. There wasn’t much controversy with regard to the fight itself or about its scoring and outcome but the commentary during the game was called out.
Joe Rogan as well as former heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier were criticized by fans that they their commentary was biased towards Adesanya. Controversies with regard to commentary during UFC events hasn’t been new as both Rogan and Cormier have come under fire previously and this was yet another chapter in the criticism that the two have occasionally received and continue to receive.
Daniel Cormier clarifies that there was no bias
A fan on Twitter asked Daniel Cormier about the bias saying, “Are you going to discect Rogan and your own extremely biased commentary?” Cormier then replied to the tweet and said, “I just rewatched. I don’t agree at all. I was actually speaking to Jan and the times he was successful. I had the fight 2-2 going into (Round) 5 and after watching it again I feel same way. Nothing changed. And by the way, Jan did bite on a ton of fakes and feints. Izzy didn’t capitalize.”
While Cormier has clarified that there was no bias, fans have continued calling him out while stating that his clarification was false. Now, it did seem evident that UFC was looking to get Adesanya to compete in marquee fights. Further, “The Last Stylebender” was the betting favorite as well, so perhaps the commentators were in fact pushing for an Adesanya win.