UFC Analyst Jon Anik Defends Joe Rogan Over Recent Criticism

Published 02/12/2021, 5:04 AM EST


UFC color commentator, Joe Rogan, has received some heavy criticism recently for his work behind the desk from fans across social media. However, his partner in the UFC booth, Jon Anik, is pretty sure that Rogan will be a part of the commentary team for a long time.

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Rogan has many involvements besides commentaries such as his podcast and many more things. Now, he only joins the broadcasting team these days in the domestic pay-per-views as he denies traveling abroad for his engagements.

Some have suggested he has lost his passion for UFC commentary due to his other obligations. Those claims intensified after the UFC 256 pay-per-view and other pay-per-view events throughout the pandemic.

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In a conversation on the What The Heck Podcast, Anik said, “Sometimes it’s hard for me to assess the totality of a broadcast right after the fact, I feel like I would have to fine-tooth comb the thing to address the specific criticisms.

Rogan’s ability to play-by-play UFC fights is still unmatched and Anik added, “The social media space after these live events can be a tough space to sort of engage and habitate. But, I think for Joe, there’s a lot of different factors. I think that he has never been happier in that broadcast booth. I hate to put words in his mouth, but I really think he enjoys the dynamic.”

LAS VEGAS, NV – MARCH 04: Commentator Joe Rogan during the UFC 209 event at T-Mobile Arena on March 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

He was in a two-man booth forever where he was just working with a play-by-play guy and he couldn’t bounce off of a fighter. I feel like it’s been an adjustment for all of us,” Anik further added, referring to how Rogan’s duties have changed over the years.

Jon Anik says Joe Rogan will be part of the broadcasting team in the foreseeable future

Anik believes Rogan’s presence adds an extra dimension to the broadcasting team. He claimed the team isn’t trying to get worse. Instead, they are trying to get better. He added that his colleague still added tremendous value and believed that there was a special and undeniable quality when he is part of it.

Despite the criticisms and his recent sporadic appearances, Rogan is going nowhere and will continue to add his invaluable experience and knowledge behind the desk according to Anik. He might have many other duties these days, but it is the UFC commentary work that brought him the fame he possesses today.

CHICAGO, IL – JUNE 09: Joe Rogan enters the octagon during the UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 event at the United Center on June 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

It’s not that easy stepping up every eight weeks trying to do one of these things and constantly having a revolving door with the broadcast team, but I love the guy. I’ve never been closer with the guy… and hopefully he’s here well past me,” Anik added further describing the bonding and chemistry he and the rest of the analyst team share with Rogan.

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The UFC is not quite the same when Rogan is not present behind the desk with his iconic catchphrases. Fans can only hope he remains there for years to come.

What did you make of Jan Anik’s defense of Rogan? What’s your most memorable Rogan moment?

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Apratim Banerjee is an MMA author for EssentiallySports and has been writing professionally for almost a year. Before his current gig, Apratim worked as a UFC writer for Sportskeeda. A long-time MMA fan, Apratim has developed a critical eye for the sport that has helped him transfer his vast knowledge to his copies and give hardcore and casual readers a detailed insight into the fights and fighters.

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