Conor McGregor, Israel Adesanya and Many Others react to Joe Rogan’s Massive Deal With Spotify

Published 05/20/2020, 4:24 PM EDT


Joe Rogan is the voice of the UFC. The US stand-up comedian has lent his voice to almost every major UFC event in the company’s history. In the past decade, Rogan has also attained cult status due to his podcast on YouTube, “The Joe Rogan Experience”.

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The UFC color commentator recently announced that he has closed a deal with Spotify that will move the podcast over to the media services provider.

The deal is reportedly worth $100 million. When Rogan announced the news on Instagram and Twitter, he was met with mixed reviews. UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya even put out a story congratulating him.

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“The Last Stylebender” has made an appearance twice on the podcast.

Apart from Adesanya, several UFC fighters sent their regards to Joe on Instagram. This included Irish megastar Conor McGregor and former Welterweight champ Tyron Woodley.

However, unlike Woodley, McGregor has never actually appeared on the podcast. Welsh adventurer and extreme athlete Ash Dykes, who made an appearance on JRE earlier this year, sent out his congratulations as well.

Joe Rogan is getting his fair share of criticism as well

However, not everyone was impressed with Joe Rogan making a huge fortune by a mere shift of platform. While Rogan made it clear that the show will remain free, some fans labeled him as a sellout. Moreover, others have complained that Spotify isn’t yet available in their country.

The deal has major monetary implications for Joe. The numbers involved in the deal are unprecedented, particularly in the podcast industry, since most of them are for free. The deal is so big that Rogan will earn significantly more than many musicians.

The deal has also led to a jump in the value of Spotify’s stocks. Some people are going out on a limb and calling it a gamechanger for the podcast industry.

Joe Rogan has been the game-changer in the world of podcasts. People have downloaded JRE more than 190 million times a month. His YouTube channel has over 8 million subscribers.

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The audience has viewed his podcast as a hub for freethinkers. He also has been labeled as an unlikely political influencer.

On the flip side, he has come under scrutiny for the sexist, racist, and transphobic comments that have been made on his podcast. However, that doesn’t undermine the value that Rogan brings to the table.

The audience has expressed its concern over whether the podcast will maintain the same content quality upon moving over to Spotify.

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The deal could be the first of many in a war by media platforms to get their hands upon the more famous podcasts. At the same time, maybe it is just a one-off deal that would only happen with a unicorn such as The Joe Rogan Experience.

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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