Joe Rogan and company go on a deep dive into Sumo Wrestling.
Joe Rogan is a fan of combat sports. As a commentator for the UFC and in his many media endeavors, Rogan has become one of the most knowledgeable people on the topic of combat sports. He has spent countless hours talking about MMA and jiu-jitsu both at UFC events, and on his show “The Joe Rogan Experience.” Although it seems that the vast knowledge pertains to mixed martial arts, both striking and grappling, Rogan recently when into a frenzy about Sumo Wrestling.
Joe Rogan was very interested in the mechanics behind the world’s best Sumo wrestler
On a recent episode of his show, Rogan was joined by Shane Gillis, Mark Normand, and Ari Shaffir, the topic of Sumo Wrestling came up and all parties seemed interested to learn more. Some videos of matches were brought up on the screen and the men were in awe of the sport. Rogan expressed his thoughts on the history of the sport.
“I think it was a Hawaiian guy, big dude. Big Polynesian fella. Big giant, big bones. Big f–king frame. You gotta be a big f–k to eat so much do you ever watch those sumo wrestlers eat. It’s crazy. Oh my God, because that’s the whole thing. Gotta have mass,” Rogan said. “In Japan, it’s a gigantic tradition. I mean, just the rich history of it’s a big deal over there. Also, you were in like this rope diaper. Hang on to someone’s underwear and throw them around by a very strange sport.”
Sumo as a sport originated in Japan and it is the only country currently where it is practiced professionally. The wrestlers are called “rikishi” and can weigh anywhere from 150 pounds to 330 pounds. The object of the sport is to throw your opponent out of a ring called a dohyō.
Rogan, who watches combat sports for his profession was very interested in the hierarchy of the Sumo wrestlers. He began to compare them to the likes of Jon Jones and Demetrious Johnson.
“I wonder if they’ve ever had matches between really elite high-level wrestlers, giant guys, and sumo guys like I wonder who wins those if they do Sumo,” Rogan Said Who’s the best Sumo wrestler today? Who’s like the f–king Jon Jones of Sumo wrestling? Got to be somebody who’s the best.”
The interest in the sport is growing and who knows, maybe one day we will see Rogan interviewing the best Sumo wrestlers in Japan.