It looks like Joe Rogan has fewer functions in UFC these days. He is limited to calling pay-per-view events and some hype packages. His conflicts with execs left some trail, that's for sure. Joe Rogan claims he enjoys the current setup... is this true? Well, at least we know he didn't get there on his own. You remember Rogan's color commentary in almost every event earlier? It was fun as hell! But not long ago, it was switched to pay-per-views and network-televised cards on FOX. Here is the explanation why Rogan quit working FOX-televised fight cards. Joe starts with the most important side - financial. (via mmajunkie.com) \u201cMy contract is with the UFC and I was never working for FOX,\u201d Rogan said on his Fight Companion podcast for UFC Fight Night 130 on Sunday. \u201cThat was one of the stipulations of my newer contract (with the UFC), was I said I didn\u2019t want to do the FOX events anymore. This year, I don\u2019t do any of the FOX events. You\u2019ll notice when there\u2019s big fights on FOX, I don\u2019t do any of them \u2013 none of them. Zero. Stopped doing it \u2013 didn\u2019t want to do it anymore. Too much work, too much travel. (Wearing a) suit is not a big deal because they have the suit there for me, but my issue was FOX actually paid me less money \u2013 less money to do the events on FOX. I was like, \u2018You guys are high.'\u201d Joe Rogan was not pleased with the workload, travels, and an enormous level of compensation. But there were some huge differences of opinion between the legendary psychedelic commentary superstar and FOX Sports producers and executives. All of you who have listened to Joe's MMA commentary have noticed how much power his comments had, how he could share everything. He is a master of making something for nothing - a legend! However, people from the company, according to Rogan, have tried to limit his freedom. Of course, the rebel like Rogan would never accept that! \u201cThey got in my ear,\u201d Rogan said. \u201cThe very first events for FOX, they were like telling me what to do. They were telling me to take it down a notch. \u2018Don\u2019t be so amped up about that guy,\u2019 I was like, \u2018What? What are you doing here?\u2019 I go, \u2018Listen, I do commentary. This is what I do. I\u2019ve been doing it forever. This is how I do it. If you think you can change me, then we\u2019re not going to work together.\u2019 We had a real problem for the first event. It was a FOX production. \u201cI didn\u2019t like it. They want a sports guy. Look, MMA is what it is. It\u2019s fighting. It is a very specific kind of sport. I\u2019ve been doing it the way I\u2019ve been doing it forever. If you don\u2019t like the way I do it, that\u2019s fine. Don\u2019t hire me. But don\u2019t try to get me to become some sports guy. I\u2019m not interested in that at all.\u201d After the initial try to push him in the direction he has never wanted to, Pandora's box was opened! Joe Rogan simply couldn't keep his mouth shut - this wouldn't be a man who says Dada 5000 had a heart full of orange soda! Ok, maybe Joe had understanding in the beginning... but maybe. \u201cThey stopped doing it after the first event when I voiced my displeasure,\u201d Rogan said. \u201cI let them know really clearly, \u2018Look, we\u2019re not doing this. We\u2019re not going to change how I do it to make you happy. If you don\u2019t like the way I do it, it\u2019s not an option for you to direct me and tell me to do it the way you like it, because you think that\u2019s how.\u2019 They were producers or executives. I don\u2019t agree with them, and I\u2019m not doing it that way.\u201d Joe Rogan says that he is completely unsure of his future plans when it comes to commentary. He signs one-year contracts over and over. Joe was roughly getting 12 UFC events per year, but you know that ESPN is the new UFC broadcasting partner, starting from January 2019. Who knows, the situation might change. \u201cThis is what I do,\u201d Rogan said. \u201cI get amped up. If some (expletive) goes down and guys are trading blows and I\u2019m screaming, it\u2019s because I feel that way. It\u2019s legitimate passion. I\u2019m not faking it. They let it go after a while, but it\u2019s not like they fought for me when I quit, either.\u201d What do you think, does Joe Rogan has a bright future with ESPN? Maybe\u00a0a tremendous comedian, weed lover, and a lifetime rebel could add some new dimension if his freedom is not endangered! Share your thoughts with us!