Joe Rogan, podcast, Dana White, Israel Adesanya vs Robert Whittaker, using n-word, spreading misinformation
UFC boss Dana White has hit back at claims legendary colour commentator Joe Rogan missed his usual duties at UFC 271 due to a “scheduling conflict”.
The pay-per-view in Houston was one of the most highly-anticipated UFC events of the year with the headline act seeing Israel Adesanya defeat Robert Whittaker in a title rematch.
But Rogan won’t be cageside to provide his insights to the paying viewers, according to TSN Sports – instead his role will be taken by former middleweight champion Michael Bisping, who will join John Anik and Daniel Cormier on the headphones.
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Anik also fulfilled the role of MC at the ceremonial weigh-in on Saturday that Rogan usually plays.
Rogan has been the subject of intense scrutiny in recent weeks, firstly coming under fire for spreading “misinformation” about the pandemic on his podcast The Joe Rogan Experience, and then copping heat for a video showing him using the n-word over the course of many years.
And while the emergence of the report of his withdrawal from the UFC 271 coverage so close to the event is a little peculiar, there has been no suggestion that the firestorm of criticism over Rogan’s behaviour is the reason behind it.
It was claimed scheduling issues were behind the absence but White dismissed those reports in his post-event press conference as “total bulls***”.
“There’s no conflict of schedule, Joe Rogan didn’t work tonight,” he said.
“Joe Rogan could’ve worked tonight.”
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African-New Zealander superstar, and reigning middleweight champion, Adesanya leapt to Rogan’s defence on Friday at the UFC 271 press conference.
When UFC boss Dana White was asked about Rogan, Adesanya interrupted.
“I’m black, I can take this one,” the undefeated middleweight said.
“There’s a lot of c–ts 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 motherf–kers I’ve had the pleasure of working with, understand that.
“F—k 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–k the noise, just keep doing you Joe, have some mushrooms.”
Rogan is expected to re-join the commentary team for UFC 272 in Las Vegas for one of the biggest grudge matches in the promotion’s history between arch rivals Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal.