Bryan Altman, CBS Local Sports
Yesterday morning on “The Taz Show, Bodyslams & Beyond” on the Play.it network (housed on CBS’ Radio.com), the show’s host, Taz, issued a scalding hot take about the Ronda Rousey-Holly Holm fight that sent the internet ablaze.
Taz said that in his opinion, the fight between the two at UFC 193 on Saturday night was a farce – that the fight was staged and that Rousey was in on it.
Needless to say, there were quite a few people who didn’t take too kindly to his opinion.
That being said, there were plenty of supporters who not only agreed with Taz’s right to his opinion, but actually took time to consider the opinion Taz was offering up.
Today, Taz took to the airwaves and responded directly to those who vehemently disagreed with him and reminded them that this was merely his opinion and he meant “no disrespect towards the athletes.”
“I don’t really want to get into the whole thing, I’ve moved on,” Taz said of the Rousey comments. “I’ll tell you this (…), to me, I gave an opinion. I gave an opinion and I showed no disrespect towards the athletes and I said that in my commentary on the show 24 hours ago right here. I would never, ever, in a million years do that because I am an MMA fan. I respect all athletes. I don’t care if you’re a pro football player, a pro baseball player, a pro wrestler, a cricket player, an MMA fighter, a golf athlete, a NASCAR driver – I don’t care what you do. I respect that. If you’re an athlete at any level, someone who puts time in and works and sacrifices, I can appreciate that, because I did that.”
Taz then touched on one of the main reasons people criticized his point of view: because he’s from the world of wrestling, which is “fake.”
“‘Ohh, you’re from the worked world, you’re from pro wrestling, that’s all fake! Oh, that’s why you think that!'” Taz said, intimating fans’ reactions to his opinion. “But for those who have done their homework on my history, I spent some time since I’m a young kid in a couple of dojos in my day grappling before it was called MMA. I spent a lot of time kind of taking MMA or judo and ju jitsu and incorporating it into professional wrestling into my style, into my own niche, because I was an undersized professional wrestler. So I had to catch on somehow. So to come at me, that I don’t know MMA, and ‘I don’t respect you anymore Taz’ – that’s the one I was getting the most. ‘I lost all the respect for you!’
You know what, kiss my a**, how about that? Ok? You can kiss my a** if you lost respect for me.”
Bryan Altman is, for some reason, an unabashed fan of the Rangers, Jets and Mets. If he absolutely had to pick a basketball team it would be the Knicks, but he’d gladly trade them for just one championship for either of his other three teams.