Joe Rogan wants Jorge Masvidal to fight winner of Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington

UFC color commentator Joe Rogan hopes to see Jorge Masvidal challenge for the welterweight gold after UFC 245.

The 170-pound champion, Kamaru Usman, will put his title on the line against Colby Covington on Dec. 14. The two will collide inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. While Masvidal appears to be in prime position for a title shot afterward, “Gamebred” has expressed more interest in bouts with Nick Diaz and Conor McGregor.

During a chat with Brendan Schaub on the JRE MMA Show, Rogan said that while he gets where Jorge Masvidal is coming from, he wants to see him challenge for the gold.

“I see why he would say that but I think it would be a real shame if right now in his prime of primes, he didn’t fight for the title,” Rogan said of Jorge Masvidal. “I just feel like he’s so close. He’s huge right now.”

Rogan was asked by Schaub if he wanted to see Jorge Masvidal fight Diaz or McGregor next.

He prefers a title shot for “Gamebred.”

“No,” Rogan responded. “Well, I wanna see first no matter what Colby and Usman. Yes, super excited about that. Once that’s done, I want Masvidal to fight for the title whoever’s got the belt. I think if Masvidal and Nick Diaz don’t fight on the undercard, I don’t even know if they actually made that. I have no idea. If they do make that fight happen, I mean of course I’m gonna be excited to see it. Of course, but my thoughts are that right now we’re experiencing Masvidal in this very strange zone where you see fighters enter into it whether it’s through this rededication or refocusing of his intent and his discipline.”

Would you rather see Jorge Masvidal fight for the UFC welterweight title next, or watch him fight the likes of Nick Diaz and Conor McGregor?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 12/5/2019. 

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Joe Rogan shares theory on Conor McGregor’s decision to fight at welterweight

Joe Rogan has an interesting theory as to why Conor McGregor agreed to fight Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone at welterweight, rather than lightweight.

Rogan suspects McGregor is a little tired of cutting weight, and that the Irishman views Cerrone as a lightweight who can compete at welterweight, rather than a true welterweight. In other words, he gets to enjoy an easy weight cut without having to fight a giant.

Here’s how the UFC commentator explained it, speaking on a recent edition of the Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show.

“Because Conor doesn’t want to lose any weight,” Rogan said (via MMAFighting.com). “I think that guy tortured himself to get down to 145 [pounds] so hard – and when you look at what he looked like when he was on the scale, when he was flexing, he looked like a god damn zombie. It was horrible. So I think, whether he complains or not about that, nobody rides for free. You do that to your body for a couple of years, you do some damage and it makes it harder to lose the weight afterwards.

“So then he’s going up to 155,” Rogan continued. “He’s obviously elite at 155, wins the title at 155, has the great rematch with Diaz at 170 and then comes back and fights Khabib at 155 and gets mauled. He has a fight with Cowboy, he’s really a ’55er that can fight welterweight. That’s the right size for him versus, I don’t think Nate is fighting 155 any time in the future anymore.”

McGregor and Cowboy will meet in the main event of UFC 246 on January 18 in Las Vegas, Nevada. While the fight will occur in the welterweight division, the winner will certainly be well positioned for big fights at both welterweight and lightweight.

Joe Rogan will most likely be on commentary duty for this massive pay-per-view event, which means we’ll probably be treated to more of his insights into the matchup on fight night.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 12/5/2019. 

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Joe Rogan: Kevin Lee is ‘not even in his prime’

UFC color commentator Joe Rogan believes the best is still to come for lightweight contender Kevin Lee. Rogan heaped praise on Lee during a conversation with Lee’s new coach Firas Zahabi.

“He just turned 27,” Rogan pointed out. “He’s f**king not even in his prime.

“He’s also experienced failure, and experienced fights where he didn’t live up to his potential. I think that ultimately will be a motivating force, because we see what he can do when he’s really focused.”

Kevin Lee last fought at UFC 244, when he removed Gregor Gillespie’s batteries with a blistering head kick in the first round. It was the first loss on Gillespie’s pro record.

Rogan, like many members of the MMA community, was extremely impressed by this performance from Lee.

“Gregor Gillespie’s a dangerous fight, man,” Rogan told Zahabi. “People see that spectacular, head-kick knockout, and they don’t understand how good Gregor Gillespie is. That kid is a savage. When I found out that Kevin was going to fight Gregor first fight back at 155 [pounds] — dangerous comeback fight. Very high risk.’

Firas Zahabi is the head coach at Tristar in Montreal, the gym that produced former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion. Rogan believes that, under Zahabi’s tutelage, Lee could perhaps realize the same kind of success as St-Pierre — especially considering his youth.

“I’m not saying he’s the same level as Georges, but Georges fights like that, with wrestling and great striking and submissions,” Rogan said. “He mixes it all up. He’s unpredictable in his attacks. They’re very similar. Neither guy is particularly long, both guys are very physically strong. Come on, man, this is the guy.”

Kevin Lee does not currently have a fight booked, but he’s healthy and expected to compete again soon.

What do you think of these comments from Joe Rogan? Is the best version of Kevin Lee still to come?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 12/2/2019. 

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Joe Rogan shares thoughts on KSI vs. Logan Paul

UFC commentator Joe Rogan isn’t sure what to make of the recent boxing match between rival YouTube stars Logan Paul and KSI — a massive financial success broadcast on the streaming service DAZN.

Rogan shared his thoughts on this bizarre spectacle on the Joe Rogan Experience, unpacking it all with guest Ari Shaffir.

“It was the headline of an event at the Staples Center, live streaming on DAZN,” Rogan explained to Shaffir. “I bet a lot of people watched it too.”

Rogan was then given a sense of how many viewers tuned in for Paul and KSI’s fight, which was a rematch of a 2018 bout that ended in a draw.

“That’s a lot for a streaming service,” Rogan said of the viewership for the fight. “I didn’t know you could get that many for a streaming service. The thing is so many people have these streaming services now.”

While neither Paul nor KSI had much in the way of boxing experience, the undercard of their fight did feature a world class boxer in Billy Joe Saunders. Rogan believes Saunders position on this card — strange as it was — was probably a good thing for him.

“It was the headliner of a card with a Billy Joe Saunders fight,” Rogan said. “Billy Joe Saunders is one of the best fighters in the world. He’s an elite fighter. World champion. He defended his title on the undercard of two YouTube guys fighting [laughs].”

“For him, I’m sure he’s just like ‘I’m getting paid!’” Rogan added. “It’s good for him, so people can see what a killer he is.”

“People didn’t know who he is — you didn’t know who he is. Now you do. It’s like it’s good. He won by knockout. It was a good showcase for him.”

At the end of the day, Joe Rogan seemed to have a difficult time grading the whole Logan Paul vs. KSI spectacle. While he claimed there was “no art” in their fight itself, he acknowledged that the whole package did have some merit.

“Dude they’re two YouTubers fighting, there’s no art,” he said. “There’s some art to it. It’s a creation, there’s some drama, a lot of shit’s going down.”

This article first appeared on BJPENN.com on 11/29/2019. 

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Joe Rogan reacts after Deontay Wilder KO’s Luis Ortiz

UFC commentator Joe Rogan was eagerly looking forward to tonight’s Deontay Wilder vs. Luis Ortiz rematch in Las Vegas.

Rogan had taken to Instagram earlier in the afternoon to express his excitement.

“I’m so f*cking pumped for this fight tonight! Wilder is arguably the most exciting heavyweight KO artist ever with an insane record of 40 KO’s in 41 wins.” Joe Rogan said. “That is just fucking bonkers, and Ortiz is a tremendously skilled boxer who gave Wilder a ton of problems in the first fight. The heavyweight division has so much top level talent right now, and this is a huge fight.”

Tonight’s Wilder vs. Ortiz rematch left fight fans once again singing the praises of ‘The Bronze Bomber’s’ ridiculous knockout power.

After being outpointed for the better part of the opening six rounds, Deontay Wilder was able to floor Luis Ortiz with a punch in Round 7.

Like many, Joe Rogan had nothing but praise for Wilder, even suggesting that Deontay could be the hardest puncher in the history of the heavyweight division.

“My god what a puncher! @bronzebomber might be the biggest heavyweight puncher in the history of the sport. Beautifully set up, perfect execution and otherworldly power. What a great time for the heavyweight division.” – Joe Rogan wrote in a second post on Instagram.

Deontay Wilder is now expected to rematch Tyson Fury this February. The pairs first encounter ended in a controversial draw, so both men are eager to have a decisive finish this time around.

What do you think of the comments made by UFC commentator Joe Rogan? Is Deontay Wilder the hardest puncher in boxing heavyweight history? Share your thoughts in the comments section PENN Nation!

This article first appeared on bjpenndotcom November 24, 2019

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VIDEO | Watch Joe Rogan and co. react to UFC’s greatest finishes

UFC commentator Joe Rogan watches a lot of fights. Despite his extreme exposure to combat sports, though, his jaw can be left on the floor by wild knockouts — just like the rest of us fight fans.

On Thursday, the UFC posted a video of some of the best cage-side reactions from Rogan and his fellow commentators Jon Anik, Daniel Cormier, Dominick Cruz, and Paul Felder.

See this tremendously entertaining video below — which also provides a great chance to relive some amazing knockouts.

 

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The video includes Rogan and his compatriots reacting to wild finishes such as Jorge Masvidal’s five-second knockout of Ben Askren, Daniel Cormier’s first-round knockout of stipe Miocic, and Josh Emmett’s blistering, one-punch knockout of Michael Johnson.

On a recent episode of his Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Rogan discussed what it’s like to consume so many fights. Apparently, he can sometimes be forgetful in other parts of his life, but he rarely forgets the details of important fights.

“If you talk to my wife and ask her what she told me about 10 minutes ago, I will not remember what the f**k she said,” Rogan said. “There’s a lot of s**t I don’t remember. But I have like storage units [for fights] in my brain.”

Joe Rogan has been working for the UFC since 1997. Initially, he served as a backstage interviewer for the promotion, but quickly moved into a color commentary role. He has worked for the promotion ever since, and has become as much a part of big UFC cards as the Octagon itself.

Over the last few years, a number of fighters, such as Felder and Cormier, have joined him at the commentary desk.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/22/2019. 

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Joe Rogan and Israel Adesanya sing the praises of Jorge Masvidal

UFC commentator Joe Rogan and UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya recently sat down for a chat on the JRE MMA Show. The pair discussed a breadth of topics, including the recent BMF title fight between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz.

While the pair did not agree on the BMF title itself — Rogan liked the idea, Adesanya wasn’t so sure — they were unanimous in their praise of Masvidal.

“I feel like Masvidal is world championship caliber,” Rogan said. “100%”

“100%,” Adesanya agreed. “I’ve been a fan of that guy since way back. Everyone’s just finding out now, Street Jesus. I’m not a hispter like ‘oh, I knew him before he was cool man,’ I don’t want to be that guy, but I like his resurrection. I like how he rebranded himself. You have to do that. I see it in movies, I see actors do it, entertainment, you rebrand, new package, and then boom.”

As Adesanya implies, Masvidal has been going through a career resurgence. Though the last few years of his career have not been without losses, he’s picked up huge, stoppage victories over the likes of Donald Cerrone, Darren Till, Ben Askren, and most recently Diaz.

“He’s a different person now,” Rogan said, sharing his belief that Masvidal has reached his potential. “Now he’s what he could have been. He is potential realized. He’s at 100% right now…”

Rogan and Adesanya also discussed Masvidal’s win over Diaz itself. Both agreed it was an impressive performance.

“He beat the f**k out of Diaz in that first round,” Rogan said. Adesanya followed by complimenting Masvidal’s kicks.

Needless to say, the new BMF titleholder Jorge Masvidal can count Joe Rogan and Israel Adesanya among his fans. And the feeling is most definitely mutual.

What do you think is next for Masvidal after UFC 244?

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 11/14/2019. 

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