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Joe Rogan says UFC contract complete in August, unsure if he'll return to commentary

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Joe Rogan’s days as a UFC commentator could be numbered.

The longtime UFC commentator and analyst, one of the most popular personalities in the sport, recently revealed his contract with the organization is set to expire in August – and he’s non-committal about whether he’ll re-up.

“My contract’s up in August. I might leave in August,” Rogan said on “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast. “It’s possible. I like doing sh-t that scares me. I like doing stuff – I like taking chances in that I like walking away from things. I like doing that. I like experiencing new things. You open up new doors, your mind starts firing in a different way. I’m not a big fan of doing the same sh-t over and over and over again.



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Post #1   12/3/15 1:11:30PM   

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Is it premature to celebrate now? I hope this is the end of Rogan and his biased commentary!!

Post #2   12/3/15 1:22:32PM   

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I think he just wants more money, this comment is just to give him some leverage when re-negotiating.

He originally took the job for free. I don't see him leaving.

Post #3   12/3/15 3:20:26PM   

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It was a looooong time ago that he started for free. I somewhat doubt he's looking for more money considering he's sort of being phased out as it is. He comes across more as someone who doesn't make serious plans ahead of time and will continue if the ufc wants him to.

I'm almost shocked mma media didn't qoute him saying he's announced hungover in the past and try to frame it as "rogan drunk on the job? He says yes and it happens every event!"

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I have mixed feelings on Rogan.
I do enjoy his podcast at times,and he makes valid points on a lot of things outside of fighting, but he seems to like to belittle people alot.
Perhaps it's the comedian in him?
I'm sure I'm not alone in saying I would love to see him roast himself for all the glowing Ronda worship he had going on.

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I love Rogan and he's a very knowledgeable guy. He has informed whole generations of fight fans on technique.

He's also a really interesting guy philosophically and I believe him when he says that his reason for leaving would be that he gets bored of doing the same thing for too long and whats to challenge himself.

The UFC also isn't what it used to be. Dana White has really done a poor job with the organization over the last 3 years.

The sport is better with Rogan in it.

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While it could be detrimental to certain viewers I can generally stand his biased commentary it doesn't really have a big effect when I'm watching UFC most of us can see through it. That said I really like his knowledge when he is on the microphone he does a good job in that regard and he's got a lot of decent old knowledge to throw in about you know old junk.

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I think he's bluffing......he loves the sport too much, just trying to get a fatter paycheck from Uncle Dana.

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Replace both Goldberg and Rogan (bias ass) with Bas and someone else..

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I think if he does leave they will run commentary by committee, there are so many who do it on occasion that it could rapidly become the norm and have commentary come from guys who live near where the fights are going to happen, or who travel for those shows outside the US as well. For some reason (probably due to him covering non-UFC fighters/events) I doubt they will hire Bas Rutten.

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I would have never considered him, but since the last couple comments mentioned him....I hope Bas will never be considered for UFC commentary. He's great for bar fighting tutorials, but his fight commentary is uncomfortable to listen to. Zero flow....and a bit distracting from the actual fight taking place. ...and when he attempts funny, it's not funny. He's like the Terry Bradshaw of MMA commentary.

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I would miss Rogan, but no one is going to stick around forever. I just hope they'd find a good replacement for him on the pay-per-views.

We've still got Mike Goldberg, Jon Anik, Kenny Florian, Brian Stann, Dan Hardy, John Gooden. Am I missing any?

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I pray he goes elsewhere. Please don't renew his contract. Listening to Joe Rogan talk UFC is like listening to Joe Morgan on Baseball. Neither make sense. Please go Joe say it is so.

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I am obviously in the minority of people who enjoy listening to Joe. I do believe he can be biased at times, but isn't everybody? To criticize his commentary, I think you must look at all and name one person who has NEVER been biased, you'd be hard pressed to find one. BUT, if he does retire from commentating for the UFC, there are plenty of great guys ready to fill that position. I personally really like Florian (great BJJ knowledge), Stann, Cruz, Edwards (most people sleep on him). I would personally love one fight card where Schaub & Callen call a fight card. It would be hilariously awful

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Did someone seriously just suggest Bas Rutten?

He's fucking TERRIBLE.

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