Joe Rogan will not be making the trip to Brazil for UFC 283.
On January 21, the UFC is traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for the first pay-per-view of 2023. Although Rogan usually commentates on the numbered events, the 55-year-old is choosing not to travel internationally, which isn’t out of the ordinary. MMA Junkie broke the news from an unnamed person by saying:
“Jon Anik will serve as the leading man on the mic from cageside, and he will command play-by-play alongside color commentators UFC Hall of Famer Daniel Cormier and retired lightweight contender Paul Felder. Because UFC 283 is an international event, Joe Rogan will not commentate the card, per usual.”
Rogan has yet to appear as a UFC commentator in 2023, which isn’t surprising considering UFC 283 will only be the promotion’s second event. The legendary podcaster is expected to make his calendar year debut at UFC 285 on March 4, headlined by Jon Jones and Ciryl Gane for the undisputed heavyweight world championship.
UFC 283 analyst team has been announced
The UFC commentary team is a tight-knit squad that rarely adds new people. With that said, there are opportunities to make a name for yourself as a desk analyst. Former UFC fighters Gilbert Melendez and Din Thomas will join current UFC welterweight Michael Chiesa and TV personality Michael Evans as the UFC 283 analyst team.
“Broadcast veteran Michael Eaves will host the post-fight show. He’ll be joined by former UFC title challenger Gilbert Melendez, welterweight Michael Chiesa and MMA coach Din Thomas, who serve as desk analysts.”
UFC 283 currently features fifteen bouts, including two championship fights. In the main event, the vacant UFC light heavyweight title is on the line between Glover Teixeira and Jamahal Hill. Meanwhile, the co-main event will be a historic fourth bout between Deiveson Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno for the undisputed UFC flyweight world championship.
The last UFC event in Brazil was on March 14, 2020, headlined by Charles Oliveira submitting Kevin Lee. The Brazilian fans will have plenty to cheer for on January 21 as every fight at UFC 283 features at least one Brazilian fighter.