Rogan was right besides Smith when he made those comments and feelings of frustration are an understatement. Going on the JRE MMA Show, Joe Rogan aired out his feelings on the comments - in short though, Rogan thought it was all bad for the sport.
Smith of course had a comeback:
“You’re wrong on this one, my man.” He continued, "First of all as it pertains to ESPN, check the numbers, the subscribers to ESPN+, the level of attention that it got, the traffic that it generated in the digital and beyond...Not good for the sport? I think that’s good for the sport.”
Conor McGregor got wind of the disagreement and sounded off his thoughts as well. Based on the brewing beef, we wouldn't at all be surprised to see Smith hopping on The Joe Rogan Experience to vent it out.
The call you discuss here is A+. I didn’t show enough. I’m not paid by the hour though. Joe’s comments however, come from you saying the opposition fighter quit. Broken nose/orbital bone say different. Fighting is vicious. Those who make the walk deserve full respect!— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 26, 2020