Joe Rogan was on the decision for UFC 285 on Saturday as Jon Jones defeated Ciryl Gane to win the heavyweight title in his return to the Octagon in additional than three years.
Before the night time made its method to the large major occasion combat, Rogan had a serving to hand in ensuring Shavkat Rakhmonov was secure throughout his bout in opposition to Geoff Neal. In the primary spherical, Rogan alerted referee Herb Dean to Rakhmonov’s mouthpiece which fell out throughout the combat with greater than a minute left.
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Dean pressed pause on the combat to verify Rakhmonov discovered his mouthpiece after which the bout would proceed. Daniel Cormier stated on the published it didn’t seem Rakhmonov “cared” about discovering the piece of kit to maintain his mouth secure and saved on preventing.
Dean checked Rakhmonov’s mouth after which discovered the mouthpiece on the ground of the Octagon.
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“He didn’t know,” Rogan stated. “If I didn’t tell him, he wouldn’t have known. That’s so crazy.”
Rakmonov defeated Neal by way of submission within the third spherical and remained undefeated with a 17-0 file. Neal fell to 15-5. Their bout was initially alleged to happen at UFC Fight Night again in January, however Neal pulled out as a result of an damage.
Their welterweight bout was then rescheduled for March. However, Neal got here into the weigh-ins 4 kilos over the restrict and the combat went on as a catchweight.
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Rakmonov has been preventing in UFC since 2020. He submitted Alex Oliveira at UFC 254. Neal was in Dana White’s Contender Series 3 in 2017, defeating Chase Waldon by way of TKO. He then beat Brian Camozzi by way of submission at UFC Fight Night in 2018.