UFC commentator Joe Rogan has been with the UFC since 1997 and although he has taken a step back in his broadcasting schedule with the promotion, he doesn’t have plans on going anywhere anytime soon. In an interview with Sirius XM host Jimmy Smith, Rogan said he still gets the juice to be on the broadcasts and the COVID-19 pandemic has made him appreciate it even more.
Appearing on Fight Nation’s ‘Unlocking The Cage’ with Jimmy Smith on Sirius XM, Rogan was asked about his love for his commentary role and how much long he sees himself doing the broadcasts for a big PPV events.
🎥"To me, it's still magic. It's still amazing. I love it." – @joerogan explains to @jimmysmithmma why you won't see him giving up his place Octagonside at the broadcast desk anytime soon 🛑👊🎙️🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/7yV629Cj5K
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) September 1, 2020
“Until I stop getting the juice. I get the juice 100%, it hasn’t waned that much. If there’s a big fight, it doesn’t even have to be a big fight, it can be a semi-big fight, I get the juice man. I’m never going to not get the juice. I mean, I get it for Junior dos Santos versus Jairzinho Rozenstruik. I get it for everybody! I get it, man. I get it. I still get it. When I’m there, I get excited.”
While recently Rogan has shifted his schedule to only be on the broadcasts for PPV events taking place in North America, he told Jimmy Smith that being a part of the broadcasts during the pandemic has made him appreciate the job that much more.
“One of the things about COVID is that I’ve been calling these fights with no audience. The one we did in Florida [UFC 249] and the cards that I’ve done at the UFC Apex Center, I feel so fortunate because I’m one of very few people that’s there live. And when something gets taken away from you like, you know, with a lot of us with COVID-I mean the big takeaway, obviously, is people’s health and their lives, and many people have lost their jobs, but a lot of us have lost our ability to see live sports.
“There’s something really special about live fights. I love watching fights at home. I love it, but there’s an extra juice about seeing it live. And when you know you’re one of 20 people or so that’s inside the Apex Center, all the officials, the referees, corner people and the commentators and camera folks, there’s a small handful of people. Every time I’m there I think ‘Man I am so fortunate.’ It’s still to me, it’s still magic. It’s still amazing. I love it.”
So while his schedule may be a bit lighter than in previous years, it appears Joe Rogan has zero intention of leaving the UFC broadcasts in the immediate future.