Will Joe Rogan Be Commentating for UFC 261?

Published 04/22/2021, 1:15 PM EDT
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 is one of UFC’s most iconic commentators. He has been a part of the sport since its infancy and has remained a part of it despite his own individual success outside it. Rogan runs what can be considered the most popular podcast in the world with the ‘Joe Rogan Experience’.

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Along with that, Rogan also has a budding comedy career and other interests. But the UFC is something he still has a close relationship with. While he isn’t as commonly present in the booth as he was a few years ago, Rogan keeps returning for UFC PPVs here and there. But will he be present cageside to call the action at UFC 261?

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UFC 261 is the promotion’s return to having fans in the stands. While they had limited fans at UFC 258 in Abu Dhabi, the VyStar Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida is sold out for the event. But for people watching safely from home, Joe Rogan will be calling the action for you. He will be joined in the commentary booth with modern mainstays like Daniel Cormier and Jon Anik.

Joe Rogan: Still one of the best commentators in MMA

Joe Rogan is one of the smartest men in the world when it comes to MMA. He has a special MMA Show that he runs on his podcast, which features some of the biggest names from the fight world on it. Rogan is a fan of MMA before anything else, so he will always be associated with the sport as long as he can control it.

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)

However, Rogan has reduced his commentator workload by a lot recently. He now does roughly 10 PPVs a year, with him being absent from any international PPV. We saw this last year as well, as Rogan never flew out for any of the Fight Island cards.

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His commentary style has been criticized recently for painting biases towards certain fighters. He also had an embarrassing moment when he asked Jan Blachowicz about how it felt to move up from Middleweight when Blachowicz had to remind him that he never fought at Middleweight.

Despite these instances, most people are excited to see Rogan back in action.

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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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