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Madonna, Who Refused to Star Alongside Will Smith in ‘The Matrix,’ Was Joe Rogan’s High School Crush

Published 05/19/2022, 10:15 AM EDT

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Veteran UFC commentator Joe Rogan is a very notable name in the combat world. The fitness enthusiast is a fan of people with good work ethics.

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That said, a young Joe Rogan was a fan of a pop icon, the JRE host revealed about his childhood crush in the recent podcast.


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The former Fear Factor host talked to Cameron Hanes, the host of the Keep Hammering with Cameron Hanes podcast. Rogan said, “When I was in high school, I had a crush on Madonna.”

Spotify’s biggest podcast further added, “She’s hot as f*** And I found out that she was 26 and I was like, ‘god, that b**ch is old.’ I remember thinking that. 26; and I was like, ‘God, she’s so old.'”

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Apparently, at the time, the 54-year-old Rogan was 17 whereas, Madonna, 63, was 26. Around that time, Madonna was an absolute star. In 1985, she appeared in the movie Vision Quest, where she played the role of a small singer in a bar; In the movie, she performed ‘Crazy for you’ and ‘ Gambler’ songs. This remains Rogan’s favorite Madonna movie.

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A surprising fact about the singer is that she once had an opportunity to star with Will Smith in the critically acclaimed movie, ‘The Matrix.’ Although she and even Will Smith refused the role later.

Joe Rogan may be a fan of Madonna in his childhood, but currently, the UFC analyst is a fan of the best lightweight fighter, Charles Oliveira.

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The UFC commentator saw ‘Do Bronx‘ miss weight and then outclass Justin Gaethje at his own game. This performance from Oliveira showed how underrated his striking has been, even after giving constant wonderful performances on the feet against the likes of Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler.


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Rogan praised Oliveira’s fight style and said, “He puts himself in danger… He doesn’t fight to try to outpoint you; he doesn’t fight tactically… from the moment the first bell rings, he’s coming at you.”


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Even though the Brazilian won at UFC 274, since he missed weight, the UFC stripped him of his title. However, he would have the chance to win it back when he fights for the vacant lightweight title sometime this year.


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Written by:

Deepak Kumar


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Deepak Kumar is a UFC author at EssentiallySports. His love for MMA comes from the chaos and violence the fight game brings to the table. A BJJ aspirant, Deepak began following the sport as a casual fan when Ronda Rousey was finishing her opponents in seconds.
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Paras Pande