How Many UFC PPV Events Did Joe Rogan Cover in 2021?

Published 12/30/2021, 11:45 AM EST
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 10: TV personality Joe Rogan attends the 2013 Syfy Upfront at Silver Screen Studios at Chelsea Piers on April 10, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/WireImage)


The year 2021 was a huge success for the UFC. The promotion did not let the pandemic hamper its progress. In fact, 2021 saw some of the biggest fights. From Conor McGregor breaking his leg, Jan Blachowicz and Adesanya battling in the octagon to Amanda Nunes’ upset, some of the most spectacular fights were executed. Further, commentators like Daniel Cormier and Joe Rogan were much in news this year around.

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Rogan has limited his UFC appearances to only US-based PPV events. In the entire year, 13 UFC PPV events took place. Let us see how many of such fight events saw his attendance.

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The first pay-per-view UFC event in 2021 was UFC 257, which witnessed the second bout between Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor. Sadly, Rogan did not commentate on this event as it took place in Abu Dhabi. However, his commentary at UFC 258 was absolutely loved by the spectators. Similarly, he was also present at 259; the event where Jan Blachowicz faced Israel Adesanya. Here, Rogan faced criticism because of a big mistake he made while interviewing the Polish fighter. However, the commentator gracefully accepted his mistake.

At UFC 260, the famous commentator and comedian were present at the UFC APEX to make the atmosphere lively. However, it was his hilarious reaction at UFC 261 that stole the entire show. When Kamaru Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal, Rogan’s reaction got him trending on Twitter. He was further also seen at UFC 262, 263, and 264. Unfortunately, his presence was missed during a few UFC PPV events after 264.

Which UFC PPV events did Joe Rogan miss?

UFC 265 took place at Toyota Center, Houston, Texas, whereas UFC 266 took place in Las Vegas. But despite both the events being US-based PPV, Rogan was not a part of the commentary booth. It is said that he wasn’t a part of 265 because it clashed with his comedy tour schedule. Instead, Daniel Cormier, Dominick Cruz, and Jon Anik were seen fulfilling the commentator duties.

Further, it is said that he missed 266 because of a hunting trip. Former UFC lightweight Paul Felder replaced him. He was also not seen at UFC 267, as it took place in Abu Dhabi.

How many PPV events did Joe Rogan attend in 2021?

While Rogan missed two great US-based PPV events, he returned after a four-month-long absence. He was seen back at his commentator duties at UFC 268. Jon Anik and ‘DC’ joined him. Once again, at UFC 269, all three commentators were present to lend their voice to the blockbuster fights. This event marked the last PPV event for the promotion.

Many shocking outcomes took place during the 269 main card. When Julianna Peña submitted Amanda Nunes, all the three commentators went ballistic. Fans wholeheartedly enjoyed their reactions.

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Thus, out of 13 UFC PPV events, which included those that took place within and outside the US, Joe Rogan attended nine of them. He missed out on just two US-based events.

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Rohini Kottu

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Rohini Kottu is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. She is also a Psychologist and has a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. Rohini, in her role as a UFC writer, combines her admiration for the mental resilience that MMA fighters have and her love for analysis.

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