HE SAID WHAT? Joe Rogan Makes A Huge Mistake While Interviewing Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259

Published 03/08/2021, 9:43 AM EST
BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Joe Rogan is seen in the commentary booth during the UFC 220 event at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)


Joe Rogan is one of the best commentators that the UFC has ever seen. However, it isn’t the same as it used to be. Rogan has been scaling his association with the UFC down over the last few years ago, and now he is doing just 10 shows a year. That means he is taking more time away from the sport, and his once crisp and impenetrable knowledge is faltering.

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We saw this happen at UFC 259, as Rogan interviewed Jan Blachowicz after his Light Heavyweight title defense against Israel Adesanya. However, Rogan got confused about Jan’s fighting history and asked him how his transition from Middleweight to Light Heavyweight was like. Jan Blachowicz has never fought at Middleweight in his career.

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Rogan said, “Now Jan, you fought at Middleweight earlier in your career and you moved up to Light Heavyweight. But you put on size.” Jan responded by telling him that he had fought at Light Heavyweight his entire career. A perplexed Rogan gets caught on the spot and then he asked Jan again if he ever fought at Middleweight. A confused Jan responded,

“Never. When I was a Muay-Thai fighter, I fought at 94 kilograms. There is just a 2-kilo difference. Never fought at Middleweight.”

Joe Rogan: Is he becoming a little too rusty?

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – DECEMBER 12: UFC commentator Joe Rogan interviews a fighter during the UFC 256 event at UFC APEX on December 12, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

Joe Rogan deserves all the respect he has earned for himself over his career. But this trend has become worrying. Fans have become more critical of Rogan now that his appearances are far and few in between. It seems the same admiration for Rogan from a few years ago has gone.

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However, the insight that he brings to the sport is unparalleled. He has been around the sport for way too long and is definitely one of the most knowledgeable men about the sport. But it seems like his knowledge is now becoming more suited to MMA history and not contemporary trends.

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While this was a bad look for Rogan, he will brush it off. Everybody makes mistakes. He made a mistake very publicly and is now being criticized for it. Hopefully, this does not happen again.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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