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“You Stole $50,000 From That Guy” -Joe Rogan Slams UFC Win Bonuses

Published 07/09/2020, 4:08 AM EDT

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Joe Rogan is one who is unafraid to speak his mind and present his honest and unfiltered opinion. On his podcast, ‘The Joe Rogan Experience,’ the veteran UFC commentator speaks on a whole host of issues. In a recent episode, Rogan and former UFC Heavyweight Josh Barnett touch on what is wrong in the sport at present. Here, they discuss 6 or 10 rounds, and the veteran commentator moves onto an oft-expressed opinion which is to scrap the bonus system. 

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Rogan said, “That win bonus, I do not like. I have said this from the beginning, I just don’t think it’s fair. First of all, if you’re going to do a win bonus, you need to do something about the judging. You need to have a better scoring system, and you need to get rid of incompetence.”

Joe Rogan says the situation is dire in some states


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Subsequently, Rogan touches on the fact of certain results polarizing or even stunning the audience. He says that they begin to think that they saw a different fight to what the judges watched. He elucidates that “incompetent judging” sees certain fighters deprived of huge sums of money. Furthermore, he touches upon a few unnamed states where the situation is dire.

He says, “In other states, it’s dire. I don’t want to name states. But there’s been states where we do fights where I’m just going ‘who watched that fight?’ How is this even possible? People just get f**king robbed. So, if you have win bonuses, and a guy comes in and he’s getting $50,000, and then if he wins he gets another $50,000, you stole $50,000 from that guy by giving him incompetent judging.”


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Rogan opines that in addition to fighters needing to do their best to win, they even need to put on a show. This is to convince people that they are worth a bit more money. 

He says, “If you’re a fighter, you’ve got to do your best to win. If that means take a guy down and hump him, and throw enough punches to keep the referee from standing you up, that’s $50,000 for you.”


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What do you make of Joe Rogan’s take on win bonuses in the UFC? Do you think some fighters have put on a dominant display and been deprived of the extra money?

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Reubyn Coutinho


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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.
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