Can Joe Rogan Fight? | Easily Explained
Joe Rogan is the UFC's longest tenured commentator, where he shares his thoughts about what is occurring during a fight, and what each fighter needs to do to have success.
But can Joe Rogan actually fight? In this page, we will explain.
Table of Contents
- Can Joe Rogan Fight?
- Rogan's Taekwondo Fighting Footage
- BJJ Legend Talking About Rogan's BJJ
- GSP Talking About Rogan's Turning Sidekick
Can Joe Rogan Fight?
Joe Rogan can absolutely fight as he is an expert in both striking as well as grappling. Rogan was a full-contact 4 time Taekwondo state champion in his 20's, and competed in kickboxing ending with a 2-1 record. He is also a 10th planet Jiu Jitsu black belt, as well as a black belt in the Gi.
Rogan would explain that he would retire from competing in combat sports, due to the frequent headaches that he'd develop from sparring.
Due to this, along with the UFC being in its infancy stage, Joe Rogan would never compete in MMA,
Rogan Practicing Muay Thai
Rogan is known for being obsessed with martial arts in general, and has been seen over the years practicing every type of martial arts possible.
Although he doesn't have an official rank in Muay Thai (publicly), Rogan can be seen practicing his elbows, trips, set ups, and even his devastating kicks.
His kicks in particular, have transitioned very well into Muay Thai, as they have near-perfect form, along with devastating power as you can see below against the pads.
Although Rogan has great accolades in Taekwondo, you can see that he is a true student of the game, as he kicks the pads with his shin.
In Taekwondo, you're taught to kick with your foot, while in Muay Thai you're taught to kick with your shins. Rogan adjusts seamlessly, and adopts the Muay Thai style kick.
Rogan's Taekwondo Fighting Footage
Getting footage from decades ago is a lot more difficult than it may seem. Luckily for all of us, there was tournament footage leaked from Rogan's Taekwondo days.
In this video, you can see Rogan delivering his patented reverse/spin sidekick directly to the mid section.
This knocked out his opponent immediately to the floor, with instructors tending to his opponent.
In most Taekwondo knock out videos, they occur by landing a spinning kick to the head.
Even though it takes much more flexibility to kick in the head, knockouts from body blows in Taewondo are very rare, especially since they have chest protectors that cover their torso.
BJJ Legend Talking About Rogan's BJJ
Jean Jacques Machado is one of the pioneers of Braziliian Jiu Jitsu, a 7th degree Red/Black belt, with countless of championships in BJJ.
Although Joe Rogan is an Eddie Bravo 10th Planet Black Belt (No Gi), he is also a black belt under Jean Jacques Machado.
Due to this Machado is always asked if Joe Rogan is good.
Machado had this to say:
Come to my school any time Joe Rogan shows up. It's not about his power, he doesn't care. He wrestles everybody. He's one of the hardest students, training partners that I have.
Last time I wrestled him in my Malibu school, I was there for 20 minutes trying to sweep Joe and Joe was right there. And I thought man, my legs are sore.
You can see the full video below:
GSP Talking About Rogan's Turning Sidekick
George St-Pierre, arguably known as the greatest Mixed Martial Artist of all time can be seen boasting about Rogan's turning sidekick (reverse side kick) in particular.
I've never seen a strike, a blow from a human being that hard. I remember the bag when you were working in, it was freaking hole in the back.
GSP has trained his entire life in Martial arts, and has fought some of the scariest fighters on the planet, so his words carry a lot more weight than the average Joe (no pun intended) saying this.