UFC 271: Joe Rogan pulled from the commentator booth – Jake Paul Goes After Disney/ESPN
Joe Rogan was originally supposed to appear as a commentator at this weekend’s UFC event, but now he is replaced by the former middleweight champion Michael Bisping.
Sources for MMA Fighting.com have confirmed that Rogan will not participate in the booth together with colleagues Jon Anik and Daniel Cormier. Rogan has not yet commented on what is behind the sudden change.
As recently as Wednesday, Rogan was still due to work on the event, but on Friday the UFC released a statement that he will be replaced by Bisping as a result of a “scheduling conflict”. However, Rogan will appear in the commentator booth for UFC 272 in March. This weekend’s UFC 271 is Bisping’s debut as a commentator for PPV events.
Rogan has previously ended up in the hot air due to his incredibly popular, but often polarizing podcast The Joe Rogan Experience.
Some guests on Rogan’s podcast have been accused of spreading misinformation about the current pandemic. Rogan apologized and promised to offer more perspectives on the issue in future episodes.
Jake Paul Rips Disney/ESPN
Paul did not appear to believe the stated explanation for Rogan’s departure and took direct aim at Disney CEO Bob Chapek, the man in charge of the UFC’s broadcast partner ESPN, as well as UFC President Dana White, his favorite target.
“So ESPN and Disney pull Joe Rogan from the UFC broadcast but stand behind Dana White who calls reporters douche bags, says a female fighter looks like a male fighter in dress and heels, and claims brain damage is part of the gig? You pulled the wrong guy Mr. Chapek”