‘Joe Rogan Was So Passionate’- Dana White Says Joe Rogan Deserves ‘A Ton of Credit’ for Helping Build the UFC Brand in the Early Days

Published 12/29/2021, 10:20 AM EST
Joe Rogan interviews LAS VEGAS, NEVADA after knocking out Greg Hardy in their heavyweight fight during the UFC 264 event at T-Mobile Arena on July 10, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)|GettyImages


UFC President Dana White spoke out on Teddy Atlas’ ‘THE FIGHT’ podcast and talked about everything related to the UFC. The largest MMA organization in the world once again had a standout year, with numerous records having been broken. Additionally, the sports’ visibility continues to reach new heights with each passing year as the UFC continues to elevate their final product.

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While discussing the evolution of the UFC and the sport of MMA in general, White gave a special shout-out to Joe Rogan. The long-time boss of the UFC noted how Rogan helped to bring a new understanding of the ground game to casual fans as the sport was expanding. White went so far as to crown Joe Rogan as a true game-changer who helped build the sport.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 09: Conor Notorious McGregor speaks with Joe Rogan in front of a packed house at the UFC 264 ceremonial weigh-in at T-Mobile Arena on July 9, 2021 in Las Vegas, NV, United States. (Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImages/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

“Another guy who deserves a ton of credit for building this sport during our era is Joe Rogan. The reality is that when we got into this, everybody understood stand-up fighting no matter what happens, punching, kicking, elbows, we all get that.”

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“The big thing was when it goes to the ground, how many people are really going to understand what’s going on and what they’re seeing.”

“Joe Rogan was first of all so passionate about the sport. Number 2, so good at walking you through what was going on before it even started to happen. To have a guy like him behind the mic, he was very instrumental in helping build the sport.”

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Rogan’s involvement with the UFC is a storied one that spans over a decade at this point. He remains a staple feature of the broadcast team for almost all major pay-per-view events. He is always joined alongside the star-studded team of Daniel Cormier and play-by-play commentator, Jon Anik.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 06: (L-R) Jon Anik, Joe Rogan, and Daniel Cormier anchor the broadcast during the UFC 268 event at Madison Square Garden on November 06, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Unfortunately, Rogan’s involvement was somewhat hampered in 2021 when he ended up missing commentary for UFC 266. His activities away from the UFC have kept him on his toes and he’s unable to maintain his presence like he once did.

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However, the MMA world continues to call out for Rogan’s dynamic post-fight interviews at every stage of the show.

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Darryl Pinto

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Darryl Pinto is a senior MMA writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his graduate degree in Mass Media (with a specialization in Journalism) out of Xavier’s College and has a year's experience in his current role. Darryl specializes in predictions, reporting, and covering UFC events live.

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