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I like Joe Rogan. I think he does a fine job in his role as color commentator for the UFC, but there are some points where he does tend to delve into hyperbole when describing a fighter.
Such was the case when he repeatedly built up Che Mills before UFC 145. Mills met Rory MacDonald on that card.
The bout saw Mills move from the Facebook prelims of UFC 138 to the co-main event of 145—a pretty big leap up the welterweight ladder, especially considering Mills' only win in the UFC was against Chris Cope, a fighter whose claim to fame was a semifinal appearance during the 13th season of The Ultimate Fighter.
On paper it looked a mismatch, and it was.
MacDonald was coming off dominant wins over Nate Diaz and Mike Pyle heading into the Mills bout, but that didn’t stop Rogan from doing his best to sell this fight hard. During the lead-up to the live event, Rogan described Mills as “an incredible test” for MacDonald, portraying Mills as “a killer.”
During the fight, Rogan repeated that Mills was "a killer" and called him “one of the most underappreciated, if not the most underappreciated guys at 170.” That was before MacDonald took him to the ground and put a beating on him.
Mills was positively dominated by MacDonald. Odds are that he will not be sold as a “killer” when he faces Matt Riddle on the Fuel card, but those words will still ring in the heads of those who heard Rogan’s hard sell at UFC 145.
The pressure will be on Mills to deliver at Wembley Arena.