Freelance: Rogan to Stay with UFC
After much speculation, it was reported that UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan is staying with the organization despite its change in ownership and a heavy schedule. The comedian and television personality has been a part of the organization since before the Zuffa era but entered his role as a cageside commentator at UFC 40: Vendetta in November 2002.
MMAFighting.com has reported that his contract will be for one more year and will see him strictly working Pay-Per-View events. Rogan initially said the following last December:
“My contract’s up in August. I might leave in August. It’s possible,” Rogan said per BloodyElbow.com. “I like doing (expletive) that scares me. I like taking chances and I like walking away from things. I’m not a big fan of doing the same shit over and over again. I love it, it’s not that I don’t love it. I just like doing a lot of other (expletive), too.”
Rogan had also said prior to the sale of the UFC that he would leave if that occurred, but after speaking with UFC President Dana White (who has remained in his role after the sale despite expressing similar feelings in the event of selling) and considering recent events, he has since announced that he will continue on.
“I walked out of there (UFC 196, following the submission defeats of Holly Holm and Conor McGregor by Miesha Tate and Nate Diaz respectively) going, ‘How could I not do this?’ I’m sitting right there cageside for the craziest sh*t in the sporting world ever. It was real recent. It was touch and go. I just didn’t know what I was going to do” he said to MMAFighting.
Rogan is still an active comedian, podcast host, and television personality. His current schedule of projects elsewhere in addition to his role with the UFC is largely what led to the previously mentioned fork in the road of his career.
“I was on the fence, man,” “I just do too much (expletive). I’m too (expletive) 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.”
For now, he has. While the contract is up in another 365 days, he didn’t say he would leave then either.
“I don’t want anybody to think that I don’t appreciate it or I don’t know how lucky I am or I don’t think it’s an amazing job,” he said. “I definitely do. But I’m almost too lucky. I have too many amazing jobs.”