Joe Rogan explains what he sees as the announcer of the UFC live weight-ins and during fight night.
Joe Rogan is a staple at UFC pay-per-view events and now fans get to see some behind-the-scenes trade secrets with him. Rogan is the voice of the UFC ceremonial weigh-ins and calls some PPV fights cage side. He has been with the UFC since the early days in 1997 and he has seen champions come and go and has been there for many historic moments.
Rogan has his podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience, and his MMA show as well. On these two platforms, he has spoken about his role with the UFC on occasion. Now there is a new video shot backstage by fellow podcaster Lex Fridman that catches Rogan backstage at UFC 279, where he picks the brain of Rogan about the ins and outs of a UFC weight-in event.
Joe Rogan explains what he sees standing on stage as two fighters face off
Rogan was seen in the video holding his cue card for the UFC 279 weight-ins. He explained how he has the names all spelled out phonetically to help him out. When asked if he was nervous he replied that he was excited. Then he gave some insight into the minds and demeanors of the fighters themselves.
“No, you never see fear. I mean, you saw fear like when Anderson Silva was in his prime, you saw some fear,” he said. “When guys reach just that unstoppable level, you see some fear but you don’t generally, just see anxiety intention, intensity for sure.”
There is no doubt that fighters get intense during face-offs. Many times the fighters will not be able to hold their emotions back and will come to blows on stage. Rogan has been on hand for many of these occasions. He explained who he believes is the most intense in these situations.
“Conor gets pretty f–king intense. So does Khabib, it all depends on whether or not they have like real animosity towards each other,” he said.
Rogan has been just as much a part of these UFC events as UFC president Dana White himself or maybe even more. Recently he announced that when White leaves the UFC he will follow, but in the meantime, fans will get to enjoy his colorful calling of fights for a while longer.