UFC commentator Joe Rogan is discouraging MMA fighters from drinking alcohol.
Many people in the world look to UFC commentator Joe Rogan for tips on how to live a long and healthy life. He hosts his Joe Rogan Experience podcast with some of the world’s most renowned scientists, doctors, and experts on living healthily. Now Rogan is giving MMA fighters a little advice on how to increase their recovery and what to avoid in order to be most successful inside the cage.
Rogan sat down with UFC fighter Belal Muhammad to discuss all things fight-related. They got into the topic of fight camp, binge eating, and health. The topic of fighters putting on too much weight or eating too much junk food or drinking alcohol out of camp came up. Rogan shared his theory on why MMA fighters and high-profile athletes, in general, should not drink alcohol.
Joe Rogan explains why drinking alcohol should be left out of an athlete’s diets
Rogan has been using what he learns from the experts on his show to improve his lifestyle. He is constantly evolving and does a great job sharing what he learns with the world. Now he is offering up his opinion on alcohol consumption from an athlete’s standpoint.
“Bars are everywhere. It’s fun. But the reality is, it’s f–king terrible for you,” he said. “And if you’re a professional athlete and you’re in this world of professional athleticism that has very little room for error, which is what you’re in man, you’re in the hardest f–king sport I think in the world. And if you can maximize your recovery and maximize your health and maximize your vitality by not drinking alcohol, I would you know, I would tell people to do it. Maybe a glass of wine here and there a little glass of whiskey no big deal, but guys who get drunk, guys who really like to party and drink, you are f–king chipping away at your health. Yeah, there are no ifs, ands or buts about it.”
UFC bantamweight title contender Sean O’Malley shared a similar theory he had as well. He stated that the UFC Performance Institute has handed him a protocol to optimize his brain health throughout his career. He mentioned that a part of the protocol was to avoid alcohol, which he wasn’t sure if he was going to follow. It seems that not consuming alcohol would be better for an athlete especially one who is getting hit many times in the head.
The UFC and other MMA organizations have been focusing more on the safety of their fighters and brain health in the past couple of years. UFC has even participated in some studies on how to avoid CTE and other physical brain traumas.