UFC commentator Joe Rogan has repeatedly expressed his adoration for ONE championship. The official handle for the Asian company retweeted president Chatri Sityodtong’s Tweet regarding Rogan’s comments.
Rogan, who hosts a prolific podcast ‘Joe Rogan Experience’, has used his platform to cover various issues. He has never been afraid to cover topics the UFC would possibly frown upon.
The commentator spoke up about the organization’s competitor, ONE championship, on multiple occasions. “It’s changing the landscape of MMA because it is literally larger than the UFC worldwide because of Asia. They’ve got some killers over there.”
The UFC would certainly rather not have their veteran commentator speak up for their competition. Rogan has a relationship with the company that spans 23 years.
Such being the case, he has earned certain leeway with the company that does not extend to all its employees. In addition to this, his podcast is an individual entity, thus protected under free trade policies.
The veteran also praises the weight cutting system of ONE Championship, or lack there off. “There is no weight cutting. They do hydration tests. One championship is doing it better than anybody else.”
Sityodtong expressed an interest in appearing on Joe Rogan’s Podcast. This platform would further boost the reach of the relatively new organization. Although being assembled in 2011, ONE Championship has grown exponentially.
After signing big names like Eddie Alvarez, Demetrious Johnson, and Sage Northcutt, the company began to grab a lot more eyeballs. Coupled with these signings is the fact that all aforementioned fighters had very challenging debuts.
This helps to legitimize the pre-existing fighters of said organization. A fact which Rogan has extensively covered. “Guys like Eddie Alvarez go over there and get KO’ed and you see a lot of their fighters having real success. Mighty Mouse had a real hard fight,” he said.
Dana White and the UFC would much rather their celebrity commentator stay away from making decisive comments. Although, given the monopoly that the UFC enjoys, it wouldn’t be the end of the world for them.
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