‘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.

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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.

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.

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