Joe Rogan reveals what would make him leave the UFC: “That’s in my contract”
Joe Rogan will not continue as a commentator for the UFC if president Dana White leaves.
The UFC has come a long way since Rogan first started working for the promotion in 1997. MMA as a sport has practically exploded since those early days, and the UFC has managed to establish itself as the world’s premier MMA promotion. White and Rogan have been working side-by-side for 25 years, so it should come as no surprise that the UFC president has only good things to say about the podcast star!
“We have a great relationship,” White said in an earlier interview. “Obviously the UFC has blown up and grown, you know, since we started together and he has blown up and grown personally since we started together. But we couldn’t have a better relationship, you know. He does his thing and he kills it for us. And I think he’s the best ever.”
“Obviously if you look at the other parts of his life, podcasting and comedy… But I’m talking about what he does for us. I think he’s the best ever. You could argue he’s the best ever on those, too!”
Since those early days Rogan has become one of the most influential podcasters in the world, and has also hosted popular TV shows, most notably Fear Factor. However, it was his love of martial arts that kickstarted his successful career in podcasting. Although Rogan is incredibly successful outside of the UFC today, he still commentates big US events for the promotion alongside fellow commentators such as Jon Anik and former UFC double champion Daniel Cormier.
According to Rogan there’s more than friendship and a mutual love of the sport that have kept him and White in the same promotion through the years. In a new episode of The Joe Rogan Experience the podcast star revealed an interesting stipulation in his contract with the UFC.
“If Dana leaves, I’m gone,” Rogan said in a recent episode of his podcast. “That’s in my contract.”
“What he does is very different.”
With that said, when White eventually walks away from his position as head of the UFC it could mean that the sport loses two of its biggest names in the very same day!
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