“I F***ing Completely Panicked” – Joe Rogan Was Scared to Death After Mark Coleman Interview Post UFC Heavyweight Title Win

Published 11/25/2022, 7:30 AM EST
HOUSTON, TX – MAY 15: Joe Rogan at UFC 262 on May 15, 2021, at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Joe Rogan is a fan-favorite UFC commentator. However, he was not as slick as he was today. Like everyone else, Rogan has climbed his way to the top and mastered the art of interviewing over the period. Sean O’Malley joined him on the most recent episode of his podcast. The two discussed various aspects of UFC and it led to the very early days of the UFC and Joe Rogan‘s experiences during those days. 

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Rogan has been a part of UFC since the late 90s. And the 55-year-old talked about how different it was back then, interviewing the fighters.

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Rogan specifically spoke to a time in his early UFC career when he was petrified of having to speak with Mark Coleman for an interview following a fight.

Joe Rogan panicked in front of Mark Coleman

During the JRE MMA Show episode #133, Rogan started talking about how the UFC was completely different when he first joined, and how people would view him for working in the cage-fighting business. It took some time for the general populace to accept it.

PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 28: Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on January 28, 2015 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

“We first got involved in the UFC, it was like telling people that you are involved in p*rn. That’s what it was like. They’re like, what are you doing? Cage fighting? You’re involved in cage fighting”.

I had no coaching. No one told me what to do. I wrote a bunch of questions out on a piece of paper so I wouldn’t f**k it up. So, I can’t f**k this, I can’t choke. Because I’m like if I get in front of Mark Coleman, I might f*****g panic. And I did. I f*****g completely panicked, but luckily I had questions and a good ones.”

PASADENA, CA – AUGUST 14: Comedian Joe Rogan performs during his appearance at The Ice House Comedy Club on August 14, 2014 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Michael Schwartz/WireImage)

He revealed how he had prepared questions to interview the fighter. Interestingly, Coleman like his question regarding how important it was for him to become the first wrestler to win the championship. Rogan further talked about how he was terrified by the way Coleman looked at him, “He’s looking at me like, ‘who the f**k are you?’. 

Rogan has been subject to trolling over his post-fight interviews

Post-fight interviews are indeed a very tricky part. Although crucial, the interviewers are required to be extremely selective and attentive with the questions as well as the timing. Rogan is one dedicated interviewer in this regard. However, his dedication to getting those post-fight words out of the fighters right after the fight led to him being a target of trolls.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – JULY 10: Conor McGregor of Ireland is interviewed by Joe Rogan after his TKO loss due to injury against Dustin Poirier in their welterweight fight during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

The interview with Conor McGregor post his fight with Dustin Poirier at UFC 264 was one such occasion, where the fans labeled him to be someone who will get his job done no matter what. Several memes surfaced online with images of him interviewing individuals in difficult situations in various contexts.

Interviewing is one challenging job, and only a selected few can do it right. Do you think Rogan is good at it?

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What is your favorite Joe Rogan moment? Let us know in the comments.

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Mayur Soni

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Mayur Soni is a UFC Writer at EssentiallySports. His interest in the UFC heightened when he first saw his favorite fighter Conor McGregor knockout Jose Aldo in mere 13 seconds, in 2015. He thus got hooked on the sport.

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