41 Years Later, Joe Rogan Opens Up on Humiliating ‘Bathroom of the Boy’s Room’ Incident That Paved Way to MMA & UFC Career

Published 09/19/2022, 9:30 AM EDT
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 has not been in many street fights. Since the UFC commentator is a well-trained martial artist, he has avoided contact encounters with others. Apart from a few clips of him choking people unconscious on the mat during jiujitsu practice or him kicking one individual with a godly powerful spinning back kick, there are only a few incidents of Rogan in a scuffle on the internet.


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While Rogan has talked about how he entered kickboxing because of his pure love for knocking people out unconscious, he detailed a story on the JRE episode #1871, which lead to his interest in combat sports.


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The 41-year-old story behind Joe Rogan’s start in martial arts

The Ultimate Fighting Championship commentator sat with Hollywood film producer, Jon Peters. While these two discussed some of the iconic names in the sports of MMA, including some rare tales of the Gracie family, Rogan also had a story when he was only 14.

It started when, veteran film producer Peters asked Rogan, “Have you ever been in a fight, where it’s full-blown to the whoever gets knocked out?”

Rogan said, “You mean like a full contact fight.”


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“Like a street fight, fight,” said Peters.

The over 2-decade veteran UFC commentator responded, “No, I really didn’t get into street fights. I avoided street fights. The last three fights that I had is probably when I was like 14.”

The former Fear Factor host continued, “The last one that I got in, I lost. And the guy didn’t even hurt me. He got me in a headlock. Like, I didn’t even know we were going to fight.”

“I was like why is this guy staring at me like this? Like he got my face, he grabbed me in a headlock and he threw me to the ground and he got on top of me in the bathroom of the boy’s room. And he got, he went that like he was going to punch me, then he laughs and he was like, ‘Nah, I don’t even have to.'”

“And he lets me up and it was humiliating, it was humiliating,” said the 55-year-old.

This story contributed to his current career in martial arts.

Joe Rogan got into martial arts after this incident

The Taekwondo and jiujitsu blackbelter got into training in different disciplines of martial arts after the incident.


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“I realize like, Oh my god, I gotta learn how to wrestle. And then I joined the wrestling team,” said Rogan.

DALLAS, TEXAS – JULY 30: (L-R) UFC announcers Jon Anik, Joe Rogan and Daniel Cormier interact on camera during the UFC 277 event at American Airlines Center on July 30, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

And now, 41 years later, Rogan is one of the greatest personalities in the combat sports industry.


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Deepak Kumar

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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight business brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.

Edited By: Vibhanshu Kumar