UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has leapt to the defence of besieged UFC colour commentator Joe Rogan, boldly declaring he should “f— the noise”.
Rogan, who hosts the biggest podcast in the world, the Joe Rogan Experience, has come under fire recently, accused of promoting misinformation about the pandemic, and also relating to an out-of-context compilation video of him using the n-word.
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Artists such as Neil Young and Joni Mitchell have had their music catalogue pulled from Spotify, the platform that broadcasts the Joe Rogan Experience after the comedian signed a $100 million deal with them in 2020, protesting Rogan’s presence in the company’s stable of talent.
When UFC boss Dana White was asked about Rogan at the UFC 271 press conference on Friday (AEDT), Adesanya interrupted.
“I’m black, I can take this one,” the African-New Zealander superstar said.
“There’s a lot of c–s in this game, there’s a lot of snakes in this game.
“I’ve been in this fight game since 2008 and Joe Rogan is one of the nicest, coolest, humble mother–kers I’ve had the pleasure of working with, understand that.
“F— the noise, you know what they’re trying to do, you can’t control them, man, and he’s got the biggest platform in the world right now so that’s my n—– Joe Rogan, f– the noise, just keep doing you Joe, have some mushrooms.”
Adesanya was speaking just two days out from his highly-anticipated rematch with Australia’s Robert Whittaker in Houston where he will be attempting to defend his title for the fourth time.
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