Petition aims to have Joe Rogan host 2020 presidential debate

Joe Rogan is known for many things, from his standup comedy, to his popular podcast, to his gig as a color commentator for the UFC. If the creators of a recent petition have their way, he’ll soon be known as the host of a presidential debate, too.

This petition references the UFC commentator’s experience interviewing people of all political persuasions on his podcast, among other things. It is rapidly closing in on its goal 150,000 signatures.

Here’s how the creators of the petition put it:

We are petitioning for the Commission on the Presidential Debates to elect Joe Rogan as one of the moderators for the 2020 Presidential Debate. Here are the reasons why we believe this would be a great decision:

1. Joe Rogan is a widely respected host who has hosted interviews with politicians, economists, scientists, and other popular figures, who come from various walks of life.

2. Joe Rogan has experience with interviewing both progressive and conservative thinkers. Figures such as Andrew Yang (D), Tulsi Gabbard (D), Kyle Kulinski (D), Gary Johnson (L), Benjamin Shapiro (R), and Candace Owens (R), have all appeared on “The Joe Rogan Experience” program.

3. Joe Rogan has an audience containing viewers from all areas of the political spectrum. Joe Rogan is not registered under any political party and is well-known for having civil, productive, and interesting, conversations about political issues without partisan bias.

Please help us in our goal to elect Rogan as one of the moderators for the 2020 Presidential Debate! Rogan would make a great moderator and would draw in more interested viewers for the debate.

Rogan has not yet addressed this petition, but if he does, we’ll let you know. Will you be signing it? Let us know in the comments section!

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/14/2019.

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Joe Rogan previews UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2 (video)

Joe Rogan previews Daniel Cormier vs Stipe Miocic - UFC 241

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Joe Rogan and Brendan Schaub break down the UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2 fight card slated for Aug. 17 in Anaheim, Calif.

The fight card is topped by Daniel Cormier putting the UFC heavyweight title on the line opposite the man he took it from, Stipe Miocic. It could be the final fight or Cormier’s career after he delayed retirement well beyond his initial plans.

The UFC 241 co-main event features the return of Nate Diaz. He will be fighting for the first time since losing to Conor McGregor in 2016 when he faces former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis in Anaheim.

With the top end of the fight card stacked, the pay-per-view portion of the card features a pivotal middleweight bout between bitter rivals Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa. The winner of their bout very well could be next in line for a shot at the UFC middleweight championship after Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya unify their titles in October.

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Tune in for full UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2 live results from Anaheim, Calif., on Aug. 17 on Daniel Cormier puts his UFC heavyweight championship on the line in a rematch with Stipe Miocic. Nate Diaz makes his return opposite Anthony Pettis in the UFC 241 co-main event. Yoel Romero and Paulo Costa face off in a middleweight contender eliminator, also on the pay-per-view portion of the fight card.

Joe Rogan blasts Tarantino movie for mocking Bruce Lee

Despite being a comedian, Joe Rogan didn’t find Quentin Tarantino’s portrayal of Bruce Lee funny. The UFC commentator bashed the movie Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘s portrayal of Bruce Lee on his popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

“That was fu**ed up,” Rogan told his guest Brendan Schaub.

“He was a dummy in the movie. The problem was in real life, there was no evidence that he was an egomaniac dummy. He was a very interesting guy. Very insightful.”

In Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, Bruce Lee (played by Mike Moh) fights Cliff Booth (played by Brad Pitt). At first, Lee knocks down Booth. In the second round, Booth launches Lee into a car. They then continue to strike each other before the fight is interrupted. The Bruce Lee character is presented as less-skilled, weaker and dramatic. Some fans were irritated by the representation, including Rogan and Bruce Lee’s daughter.

Rogan’s podcast guest, Brendan Schaub responded, “He was a philosopher and he’s brilliant. But when it comes to actual toughness, we don’t know. And you’ve heard that narrative before — that he’s not an actual tough guy.”

“The problem was they made him look like a buffoon. There was no evidence that he was a buffoon…It’s a movie about a real person who has a real legacy and a bunch of people love him,” added Rogan.

The movie takes inspiration from real-life characters and real-life circumstances, including the Manson Murders.

“There was a lot of evidence that Bruce Lee was this brilliant, insightful guy and in that movie, they made a character of that. I didn’t like it,” Joe Rogan said.

“You’re making the guy looking like a fu**ing idiot when he wasn’t an idiot.”

Joe Rogan also critiqued the actor portraying Bruce Lee, Mike Moh:

“The dude who played Bruce Lee was not quite shredded enough.”

Brendan was not offended by Bruce Lee’s character and expected nothing less from the controversial director Tarantino. Here is the trailer, if you haven’t seen the movie already.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/9/2019.

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Joe Rogan responds to backlash surrounding Cyborg vs. Spencer commentary

Joe Rogan gave his two cents on the Cris Cyborg controversy on the latest episode of his popular Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

Rogan discussed the topic with his guest, former UFC heavyweight and fellow podcaster Brendan Schaub.

Cris Cyborg won the last fight on her UFC contract against Felicia Spencer at UFC 240, which separated her from a December knockout loss to Amanda Nunes. Despite the strong performance, many fans were annoyed with the UFC’s alleged favouritism of Felicia Spencer. That included Rogan’s commentary, which many fans felt was biased.

Joe Rogan cleared the air on his podcast.

“There was a thing with the Spencer fight,” he said. “People were saying ‘oh, it was biased commentary’. No, it wasn’t. That girl survived the onslaught, it was her eight or ninth pro fight!” he said.

“See that doesn’t impress me…Cyborg beat the f*** out of her, that fight wasn’t close, but the narrative was how tough she was,” Schaub responded. “But Cyborg beat the rag-doll out of this girl.”

“And she (Felicia Spencer) cut Cyborg’s face wide open too.” added Rogan.

Brendan Schaub was not as impressed by Spencer as Rogan was, because the fight was a one-sided victory and she couldn’t match Cyborg’s performance.

The pair went back and forth on the topic, however, with Joe Rogan eventually acknowledging that it wasn’t all that close of a fight.

“(Spencer) doesn’t have striking, she doesn’t have the power to keep Cyborg off her,” he said.

After this UFC 240 fight, Dana White decided to let Cris Cyborg go without the chance to match any of the offers she will inevitably receive from other promotions. This news came after mounting tension between the pair reached its peak. Cyborg accused White of bullying her and repeatedly asked for a rematch with Amanda Nunes. On the flip-side, White accused Cyborg of lying about wanting the rematch and becoming a ‘nightmare to work with’. Cyborg’s camp then posted a doctored video of Dana White implying that Dana White was lying, which she later apologized for.

Speaking on the podcast, Joe Rogan and Brendan Schaub talked about Cyborg’s representation in the UFC and how it might have influenced her departure from the UFC.

“Cyborg is the nicest person,” Rogan said. “I don’t think she’s a bad person, but I think her management and the way they’ve handled things have completely f**ked her. I think her going to battle with the UFC was the worst thing, and it’s not her.”

Finally, Joe Rogan also addressed Cyborg’s calls for an apology from him. The UFC commentator made some unsavory comments about the fighter in the past, but says he says he already apologized to her for that.

“I apologized to her,” he said. “Me and her, no one around, face-to-face. And I took a photo afterwards, there’s a photo of me and her on my Instagram.’

‘I said ‘hey, I’m sorry about the jokes, I promise no more jokes. I am actually a fan of yours and I want you to succeed in the UFC and I wish you the best of luck.”

What do you think of these comments from Joe Rogan?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/7/2019.

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Joe Rogan revisits Conor McGregor vs. ‘The Mountain’

Several years ago, a video of Conor McGregor sparring with Hafþór Björnsson, the Icelandic bodybuilder and actor who played “The Mountain” on Game of Thrones, took the Internet by storm. UFC commentator Joe Rogan recently revisited this viral video on his popular podcast The Joe Rogan Experience.

He’s seemingly as impressed by it today as he was when it first came out.

“[Conor] doesn’t give a f**k,” Rogan said. “They’re sparring, Conor’s moving around, hitting him in the body, and the guy’s trying to grab him, but Conor does not let him grab him. [Conor’s] controlling it. The guy’s trying to grab him but he doesn’t know what he’s doing.

“The big guy doesn’t know what he’s doing,” he added. “Conor knows that this big motherf**ker can’t keep this up. He can’t keep it up. He’s not able to keep up this pace. He’s already hurting.”

“[Björnsson] is not used to sparring. Everything he’s doing is these big movements and he’s not breathing well. He’s all tense and tight. He went to take a deep breath — All this is tense for him. He gets ahold of the leg, he doesn’t know what to do, Conor hand fights with him.”

While Joe Rogan is clearly impressed with the way Conor McGregor handled himself against a much bigger man, he added that McGregor likely wouldn’t have sparred with Björnsson if he was a trained fighter.

“[Björnsson] just doesn’t know what to do,” Rogan concluded. “But if he learned what to do, Conor would never [spar him]. Like Francis Ngannou, who is probably one of the biggest heavyweights in the UFC, Conor would never do that. He’s a giant striker. He’d f**k him up. But that guy [Björnsson] didn’t know what he was doing.”

What are your thoughts on this classic viral video? Are you with Joe Rogan on this one?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/6/2019.


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Cris Cyborg accuses UFC of influencing biased Joe Rogan commentary

Joe Rogan stirred up some controversy at UFC 240, especially for his commentary of the co-main event, which pitted Cris Cyborg against Felicia Spencer.

Cyborg beat the previously undefeated Felicia Spencer to a unanimous decision win after three rounds. Despite Cyborg bouncing back with a solid victory, Rogan spoke highly of her rival, Felicia Spencer, to the dismay of many fans. As a result, Cyborg felt Rogan’s commentary was biased.

During an interview on The Score, veteran Canadian reporter James Lynch said to the former 145-pound champ: “The commentary was very biased towards Felicia. Do you think the UFC told Joe Rogan to talk that way to damage your brand a little bit?”

“For sure for sure, they work together,” Cyborg responded.

“The commentator has a lot of influence like the UFC have a lot of influence, because they have a lot of media behind it, like Dana White. But you have to be real, you can not be on people’s side because ‘I like my favourite fighter so I’m going to help this guy,” she added.

Cyborg’s comments add to the rising tensions between herself and the UFC. She has accused Dana White of bullying her in the past, lying about her, and even calling her “Wanderlei Silva in a dress”.  She is also not the biggest fan of Joe Rogan as he made fun of Justino having a di** on a podcast episode. Despite Rogan previously apologizing for the joke, Cyborg believes Rogan’s commentary of Felicia Spencer has confirmed the negative bias he has towards her.

“The MMA world works like this,” she said. “When I started training, I didn’t know about all these things. I just figured it out now. It’s sad. But you [should] do your job as a commentator. Do your best, but do your best and don’t pick sides. Just watch the fight and speak real, but these people don’t speak real and aren’t honest.”

Rogan has been vocal in the past about disagreements he has with Dana or the UFC and proclaims he speaks independently and honestly. However, do you think was intentionally undermining Cris Cyborg because he has greater respect for Felicia Spencer?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 8/2/2019.

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Cris Cyborg demands public apology from Joe Rogan, Dana White

Former UFC, Strikeforce and Invicta featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is not happy with the recent comments UFC President Dana White has made about her. She’s also not particularly pleased with UFC commentator Joe Rogan, who generated some controversy for his skewed commentary of her UFC 240 victory over Felicia Spencer.

Of course, these are not the first issues Cyborg has had with White and Rogan. Both men have previously made some pretty reprehensible comments about the talented fighter. And now, she wants an apology. Publicly.

In fact, Cyborg says her re-signing with the UFC depends on her receiving these apologies. She broke it down on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday.

“Of course he has to apologize,” she said of White (h/t MMA Mania). “He has family, he has kids and if he wants to be honest, he’s supposed to do this. I don’t know if he has a heart, but what he’s doing is not just touching me, if he doesn’t like me. He’s touching people around me, my family. It’s not right. He always wants to avoid his family with things he does, but when he does this it affects my family.

“Public,” she added later. “It’s easy to say it in private like Joe Rogan did when there were no cameras. No, you want to talk about me, how I have a dick, you have to talk in public. You’re not a man, to me you’re not a man. If Joe Rogan a man, he will say I am sorry in public, not in my ear.”

Cris Cyborg has also been commenting on the issue on Twitter.

“Every woman deserves the right to go to work in an environment free of sexual harassment, online bullying, and work place intimidation,” she wrote in a Tweet that tagged Dana White, Joe Rogan, the UFC and ESPN.

Do you think Cyborg will get her desired apology and re-sign with the UFC?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 7/29/2019.

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