UFC 259 is essentially the most loaded combat card of 2021 with 4 world champions competing in three title fights, with middleweight champion Israel Adesanya making an attempt to turn into a two-division world champion when he challenges Jan Blachowicz for his gentle heavyweight title.
However with a card this vital, one of many questions turns into whether or not Joe Rogan will maintain down the commentary sales space alongside Daniel Cormier or Jon Anik?
Maybe essentially the most recognizable voice calling UFC fights has been noticeably absent from commentary, and a few have questioned if he’s slowly stepping again from his duties calling fights. He wasn’t a part of the commentary staff when Dustin Poirier knocked out Conor McGregor at UFC 257 however discovered his method again for Kamaru Usman’s profitable welterweight title protection towards Gilbert Burns at UFC 258.
Is he right here to remain?
Properly, it seems that Rogan will take his place together with his trademark quips and shouts on the UFC’s third PPV of the 12 months.
Why did Joe Rogan cease commentating?
It’s not that Rogan stopped commentating, extra that his unique resolution — he wouldn’t do UFC playing cards exterior of america — grew to become extra obvious with Abu Dhabi’s Battle Island turning into the UFC’s momentary residence in 2020 and early 2021.
“I’m not . I might take this for zero cash over being in Phoenix proper now,” Rogan stated in 2019 throughout a JRE Battle Companion after being requested if he wished a task with ESPN’s new UFC deal.
“Though I might need to see these fights dwell and name these fights dwell, I’m good with 10 [events] a 12 months — 10 a 12 months is what I like. As soon as a month, two months off.
“Hear, man, I used to be pondering I used to be on my method out, however I nonetheless adore it. And I adore it far more now as a result of I don’t should do it as a lot. And I adore it far more now as a result of we do that as a result of we are able to do all of this shit-talking, have enjoyable and be foolish.”
Will Joe Rogan proceed to name UFC fights in america?
It seems that method.
“Till I cease getting the juice,” Rogan informed Unlocking the Cage in September 2020. “I get the juice, one hundred pc. It hasn’t waned that a lot. If there’s an enormous combat — it doesn’t even should be an enormous combat. It may be a semi-big combat. I get the juice, man. I’m by no means going to not get the juice.
“I imply I get it for Junior dos Santos vs Jairzinho Rozenstruik. I get it for everyone!”
Whereas solely calling the home PPV fights has definitely stored the colour commentator , the eerie nature of UFC fights in empty arenas made Rogan respect his distinctive place.
“And one of many issues about COVID is that I’ve been calling these fights with no viewers,” Rogan stated.
“The one we’ve executed in Florida and the playing cards that I’ve executed on the UFC Apex Heart, I really feel so lucky as a result of I’m one of many only a few those who’s there dwell. There’s one thing actually particular about dwell fights. I like watching fights at residence. I adore it, however there’s an additional juice about seeing it dwell,” he stated.
“And when you understand you’re one among, you understand, 20 folks or in order that’s contained in the Apex Heart — all of the officers, the referees, nook folks, and the commentators and digicam of us — there’s a small handful of individuals and each time I’m there, I believe, ‘Man, I’m so lucky’.”
Will Joe Rogan depart the UFC?
Rogan floated the opportunity of ending up with the UFC as early as 2016 when his contract was coming to an finish — although he later prolonged his tenure.
“You bought to expertise various things in life and I wish to plan these issues out,” he stated. “I have been doing the UFC for a very long time. I’ll by no means cease being a UFC fan although, that is not going to occur. I like the game, however there’s in all probability going to be a time the place I do not do commentary anymore, and it may be prior to later.”
When the ESPN deal got here by way of in 2019, Rogan once more mentioned maybe limiting himself to PPV occasions — which he has executed — however hasn’t put an finish date on his working relationship with the UFC.
Do Joe Rogan’s co-commentators care that he is not at all times at reveals?
This retains displaying up within the corners of the web, resulting in Jon Anik to place down his Modelo: Brewed for these with a combating spirit and make clear that it’s not the case — and by no means has been.
“I can guarantee you that he ain’t going nowhere,” Anik stated on What The Heck. “Once more, I hate to place phrases in his mouth, however he completely loves this job and I believe we had slightly worldwide flare with the pay-per-views on the finish of the 12 months — UFC 251, 253, 254 — that he wasn’t part of as a result of they had been taking place in Abu Dhabi. However hopefully, home pay-per-views return extra so in 2021 and he will get an opportunity to get again on the market extra usually.
“It’s not that straightforward stepping up each eight weeks attempting to do one among these items, and continuously having a revolving door with the published staff, however I like the man. I’ve by no means been nearer with the man and hopefully he’s right here properly previous me.”
Joe Rogan backlash after UFC 258 commentary
As talked about above, not everybody was thrilled with the podcast king’s return to commentary for UFC 258.
“I’ve seen a few of that,” Anik stated of the criticism towards Rogan.
“Once more, the social media house after these dwell occasions is usually a powerful house to kind of interact and habitate. However I believe for Joe, there’s a variety of various factors. I believe that he has by no means been happier in that broadcast sales space.
“I hate to place phrases in his mouth, however I do assume he enjoys the dynamic. He was in a two-man sales space ceaselessly the place he was simply working with a play-by-play man and he couldn’t bounce off of a fighter. I really feel prefer it’s been an adjustment for all of us.”
Daniel Elton, senior editor at Wahu Times, writes about politics and policy with a focus on climate advocacy. Daniel previously at the New Republic and, and Self. Daniel can be reached by email.