Is Joe Rogan Still With UFC? | Explained

In this page we will go over whether or not Joe Rogan is still with the UFC, his recent absences, and his stint with UFC on Fox.

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Is Joe Rogan Still With the UFC?

Joe Rogan is still a color commentator with the UFC, however as his success outside of the cage has skyrocketed, his appearances with the UFC have become limited. He is strictly a commentator for Pay Per View events held in the United States.

In 2021, Rogan only missed 2 US-based Pay Per View events.

He is known as a long time staple of the UFC, and recently Dana White even credited him for helping build the sport of MMA.

White explained that Rogan was able to educate fans through commentary specifically on what was going on when the fight went to the ground.

He was able to clearly explain to fans what was happening, and what a fighter may be looking for, or be susceptible to in each ongoing position.

Outside of the Cage

Rogan's outside ventures include being a comedian and having the most successful podcast in the world, The Joe Rogan Experience.

Recent Absences

Joe Rogan recently made headlines when it would be announced that he would miss his second straight Pay Per View as the event would interfere with his hunting trip.

Joe Rogan is a well documented Bow Hunter who loves to hunt elk, and use that meat to feed himself and his family for the rest of the year.

Rogan Quits UFC on Fox

Before the UFC had a partnership deal with ESPN, they had a partnership deal with FOX.

In this time Rogan explained that he would negotiate his UFC contract to do no events with FOX, as they would pay him less money, the travel requirements, and they would try to tell him what he should say live on air.

He goes into detail below:

“They got in my ear,” Rogan said. “The very first events for FOX, they were like telling me what to do. They were telling me to take it down a notch. ‘Don’t be so amped up about that guy,’ I was like, ‘What? What are you doing here?’ I go, ‘Listen, I do commentary. This is what I do. I’ve been doing it forever. This is how I do it. If you think you can change me, then we’re not going to work together.’ We had a real problem for the first event. It was a FOX production.

“I didn’t like it. They want a sports guy. Look, MMA is what it is. It’s fighting. It is a very specific kind of sport. I’ve been doing it the way I’ve been doing it forever. If you don’t like the way I do it, that’s fine. Don’t hire me. But don’t try to get me to become some sports guy. I’m not interested in that at all.”

After FOX tried to push him in a certain direction, he said he was very vocal about his thoughts on the situation. He said the people trying to get in his ear quieted down after that, but Rogan said the early tension still resonated with him.

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