‘He Deserves Better’: Daniel Cormier, Michael Bisping, Others Want Joe Rogan To Stay On UFC Commentary Team
Joe Rogan’s UFC commentary hasn’t been heard for a while, but many fans – including his fellow commentary team – say it would be the wrong move to drop him completely.
An editorial was published Wednesday by Trent Reinsmith on Bloody Elbow, titled “Editorial: UFC 266 showed Joe Rogan can – and should – be replaced.” Fans immediately pushed back on the thought and UFC commentators Daniel Cormier, Michael Bisping, Jon Anik, Paul Felder and more came to defend Rogan.
Rogan has been a staple of UFC broadcasts for years. But lately, he’s been slowly decreasing the events he commentates, only doing pay-per-view events in the U.S. He missed the last two UFC PPVs because of his stand-up comedy tour and a hunting trip, respectively.
Rogan, 54, started in the UFC in 1997 as a backstage interviewer at UFC 12. He quickly rose as a fan favorite with his engaging commentary, reactions and personality.
But nowadays, Rogan – who has over 31 million followers across Twitter, Instagram and YouTube – has been in other ventures like his podcast “The Joe Rogan Experience.” In 2020, he signed a $100 million deal with Spotify.
Still, his fellow commentary team said it be a bad choice to drop him.
Joe Rogan is the man! He has been so helpful and helps and asks for nothing in return. And Joe Rogan is the UFC, he’s yesterday’s UFC, he’s today’s UFC, Joe Rogan Will be tomorrow’s UFC! I am honored to be able to sit to his right on the biggest fight nights of the year!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) September 30, 2021
For me @joerogan is the man when it comes to commentating. it’s just become trendy to knock him for some insanely strange reason. I watch him and learn every time. He has fascinating takes and a way with words I can only aspire to. And this isn’t me being a company man either. https://t.co/doYSHKkgrf
— michael (@bisping) September 30, 2021
This is the height of ignorance. Lie after lie, assumption after assumption. He deserves better.
— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) September 29, 2021
— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) September 29, 2021
Bloody Elbow’s Zane Simon followed up Wednesday’s editorial on Friday with “Editorial: The UFC would be crazy to drop Joe Rogan.”
“Rogan showing up once every month or so for a PPV makes the event feel not just more familiar, but bigger and more important,” Simon wrote. “At once both a celebrity of the moment and a hit of nostalgia.”
Rogan hasn’t commented on the topic.