When it comes to the hallmarks of a UFC broadcast, the only thing more familiar to a fan than the opening title with ‘Bring The Pain’ is Joe Rogan’s color commentary. He’s been handling mic duties for events since 2002 and is a fan favorite due to his deep knowledge and obvious love for the sport. But all good things must come to an end, and it sounds like Joe’s time in the announcer’s chair may almost be up.
“If the [UFC] sale goes through I’m outta there,” he told Rolling Stone when asked about rumors of the league selling for upwards of 4 billion dollars. “I’m already wondering whether or not I can continue doing this as it is. I will always be a fan, I’ll always love it, but shit, I’ve been working for the UFC on and off for almost 20 years. And that’s more than I’ve done anything in my life. I’d like to move on.
“The only other thing I’ve done longer than that is stand-up comedy, but you know, with stand-up comedy I’m constantly writing new material, I’m traveling, I do it out of my schedule, I do it whenever I want. You know, it’s a very different thing calling fights rather than just being a fan. I’ll always be a fan, for sure, but as far as calling fights…boy, I don’t see that going on very much longer.”