‘Most Moving Conversation Ever’- Joe Rogan Believes Podcast With Francis Ngannou Was One of the Best Ever

Published 02/11/2021, 12:56 PM EST
CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: Joe Rogan enters the octagon during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)


Joe Rogan’s podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, has attracted attention from all over. Though it hosted by an MMA enthusiast, he calls in guests from all walks of life to have meaningful discussions. However, he frequently turns back to combat and invites UFC fighters to his studio.

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This time, Francis Ngannou graced the show with his presence. The UFC heavyweight title challenger described situations of his life, working in sand mines and dumpster diving for food. It is a fantastic listen and one of the more emotional podcasts that Rogan has had.

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Francis Ngannou appeared on the podcast ahead of his second fight against Stipe Miocic for the UFC heavyweight title. Stipe ended Ngannou’s undefeated streak in the UFC when they met the first time. He successfully defended his title and dominated the knockout sensation over 5 rounds. This rematch is taking place at UFC 260.

Joe Rogan: Why was the podcast with Ngannou so special?

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There are plenty of phenomenal UFC based podcasts that Joe Rogan has done. The ones with Jorge Masvidal, Kamaru Usman, Georges St-Pierre, Israel Adesanya, etc. are all that come to mind. Usman and Izzy also spoke about their cultures and how important it is for them to represent their roots at the UFC level. But, Ngannou’s motivations are different.

BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Francis Ngannou looks on between rounds against Stipe Miocic in their Heavyweight Championship fight during UFC 220 at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

Francis wants people from his hometown in Cameroon to see that life could be improved if one puts all their effort into improving their quality of life. Ngannou went from working in sand mines, to becoming a driver, and to eventually emigrating to France with no prospects. He started MMA after boxing didn’t yield many results for him.

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Ngannou is now on the cusp of becoming the first UFC Champion from Cameroon. It is a massive statement considering where he has come from. Rogan will always remember this episode because it was one of the rawest episodes he has ever had on the podcast.

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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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