Joe Rogan is going to continue UFC fights for the time being, but fans won’t be seeing and hearing as much from the accomplished martial artist / comedian.
If you listen to or watch Rogan’s podcast, “The Joe Rogan Experience“, then you know that for a little while now, he’s said he wasn’t sure if he would continue to commentate UFC fights. Rogan also said that if the UFC was sold, which it has been now, that he would give up his announcing gig.
Well, on the latest episode of JRE, Rogan spoke with Jeremy Stephens. The featherweight contender asked him if he’s going to stay with the UFC. Rogan revealed that he’s signed a new, one year deal with the company (which can be renewed each year apparently).
The BJJ black belt, however, also reported he’s decided to reduce his commentating schedule. Meaning, he won’t be calling international cards and won’t be doing any FOX broadcasts any longer. Here is some of what Rogan had to say about his decision (quotes via MMA Fighting.com):
“I was on the fence, man,” Rogan said. “I just do too much sh*t. I’m too f*cking busy. After a while I’m like, I don’t know if I’m doing myself or all the different things I do a disservice. I was real close. It was like, either I’m just gonna completely bail off of this or I’m gonna figure it out.”
“If I go to Brazil, that’s five days out of my life that I can’t do this and I can’t do all the other stuff that I do,” Rogan said. “And on top of that, there’s the recovery time. When I come back, I’m f*cking toast. That flying just f*cks my head.”
Rogan is one of the best when it comes to commentating, so this is good news. Thankfully for the UFC Brian Stann is also really good at the gig too, and of course, Kenny Florian’s also a solid option.