“I Never Felt Comfortable With Him as a Commentator” – Cris Cyborg on Joe Rogan Calling Her UFC Fights

Published 10/03/2021, 12:44 AM EDT
EDMONTON, ALBERTA – JULY 27: Cris Cyborg of Brazil prepares to fight Felicia Spencer of Canada in their featherweight bout during the UFC 240 event at Rogers Place on July 27, 2019 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC)


Joe Rogan has come under a lot of scrutiny from the media after contracting COVID-19. This is not the only reason for people being upset with the 54-year-old. People and fans have also criticized Rogan, one of the most recognizable voices in combat sports commentary, for missing back-to-back UFC pay-per-views.

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Former UFC women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg voiced her opinion about Rogan as well. Cyborg and UFC never had a very comfortable relationship. UFC President Dana White and Joe Rogan have received much criticism from Cyborg regarding her treatment in the UFC.

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Cyborg,’ on her Twitter, reacted to a Bloody Elbow editorial post about UFC 266 showing Joe Rogan can be replaced.

She wrote, “After listening to Joe Rogan make jokes that I would be the first UFC fighter to cut off their p**is to make a weight category I never felt comfortable with him as a commentator for my fights and knowing he was working an event of mine always added stress as an athlete.”

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Dana White and Joe Rogan have made some comments about Cyborg in the past. White compared her looks to Wanderlei Silva. Rogan, in 2015, with a fellow comedian, mocked the Brazilian fighter and said that she was the only person who cuts weight by chopping off her d**k.

Cris Cyborg demanded a public apology on the matter. Rogan has since taken full responsibility and apologized for the comments.

The backlash against Joe Rogan

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UFC 266, the latest UFC pay-per-view, went ahead with Joe Rogan missing from the commentary team. In Rogan’s absence, Daniel Cormier, Jon Anik, and Paul Felder took the commentary duty. Many people questioned Rogan’s absence from the pay-per-view, as he had also missed UFC 265 in Texas.

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People also criticized Rogan after he contracted COVID-19. He asked people to keep an open mind about vaccinations. As a result, he received backlash. Hence, later, in one of his podcast appearances, he clarified his comments.

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What do you think about the entire issue? Are people right about criticizing Joe Rogan? Let us know in the comments!

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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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