Dana White Calls Joe Rogan’s Conflict of Schedule ‘B*lls**t’ After UFC 271 – Unsure About When He Will Make His Return

Published 02/13/2022, 2:04 AM EST
HOUSTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 05: UFC President Dana White looks on during the UFC 265 press conference at at Toyota Center on August 05, 2021 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Mike Roach/Zuffa LLC)

The Ultimate Fighting Championship just got done with its second pay-per-view of 2022, UFC 271. It was a massive event with some huge fights on the card. The PPV in ‘The Lone Star State’ saw some spectacular upsets and knockouts. It was a sold-out event and did a $4.3 million gate as well. Everything worked for the UFC, but still, there was someone missing from the event.

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Long time UFC commentator, Joe Rogan, was the notable absentee. He was supposed to be on the commentary team, but dropped out because of a scheduling conflict. Michael Bisping came in as his replacement. However, in the post-fight press conference, UFC president Dana White refuted the claim and revealed Rogan could’ve worked the night.

He said, “There’s no conflict of schedule. Joe Rogan didn’t work tonight. Joe Rogan coulda worked tonight… I don’t know what Joe Rogan had to do. You guys will have to ask Joe Rogan. But, there was no Joe couldn’t work or anything like that. I know that came out. It’s total b*lls**t.”

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When asked if White expects him back, he said, “Whenever he’s going to work again, he’ll be working.”

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The host of the Joe Rogan Experience has been in the news a lot lately. He is amid massive controversy and backlash for apparently spreading misinformation regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

Free Joe Rogan chants were heard at UFC 271

While the fights enthralled the MMA fans in Texas, they had their attention on the notable absentee. The crowd at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, showed their support for Joe Rogan during UFC 271. They chanted “Free Joe Rogan” during the event.

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This just shows the kind of following, and support Rogan has. It will be interesting to see what happens regarding the situation and if Rogan will return to the commentary soon.

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Arunaditya Aima

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Arunaditya is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Post Graduate Diploma in Multimedia Journalism from IIJNM, Arunaditya aspires to be an important voice in the world of MMA and interview the likes of Jon Jones, Conor McGregor, Amanda Nunes, and other such superstars of the sport. He has followed the sport for over a decade and is an ardent fan of Georges St-Pierre, who he believes is the greatest of all time.

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