How Much Money Will Joe Rogan’s Exit From UFC 271 Cost Him?

Published 02/12/2022, 8:21 AM EST

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While everyone is excited for UFC 271 to start already, there is a change in plans. Color commentator Joe Rogan was supposed to be commentating on the event. As he usually attends US-based PPV events, his fans were excited to see him. However, he will not be a part of this thrilling event.

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Popular journalist Aaron Bronsteter revealed this news on Twitter. According to him, Michael Bisping will replace Rogan. Thus, UFC 271 will be Bisping’s PPV debut.

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Rogan’s absence came as a last-minute shock, as no one anticipated this. Several reports have stated that Rogan’s exit from the event is because of a ‘scheduling conflict’. However, many fans are wondering whether the commentator’s latest controversies are to be blamed for his absence at the event.

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Since Rogan won’t be present at the event, here’s how much money he could potentially lose.

How much money will Joe Rogan lose for not commentating on UFC 271?

As one of the most well-known commentators, Rogan enjoys a hefty check from the promotion. According to Way Of Martial Arts, he makes about $50, 000 per main UFC event. The Talking Moose, too, reported similar figures. They stated that he has a basic salary of $5,000 and a PPV bonus of around $50,000. The commentator could be earning much more than the figures stated.

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So it looks like Joe Rogan will be losing out on a huge amount of money. However, his other gigs are extremely lucrative. As a result, it won’t be much of a problem for him.

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Did Joe Rogan attend all US-based PPVs in 2021?

Back in 2021, a total of 11 US-based PPV events took place. Unfortunately, Rogan missed a few of them because of other priorities. He was nowhere to be found at UFC 265 and UFC 266.

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He resumed his commentary duties at UFC 268 alongside Jon Anik and Daniel Cormier. So while Rogan is regular at US-based PPV events, he does tend to miss a few of them because of other commitments. However, since his exit from UFC 271 was sudden and unexpected, this led to people speculating about the surrounding circumstances.

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While it is a piece of sad news, fans will get to see Bisping lend his voice to the event. People know the retired UFC fighter for his witty comments and have enjoyed his work at UFC Fight Night events. So Rogan’s exit has made way for Bisping into PPV events.

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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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